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JOURNAL POSTINGS 17 February 2018, Saturday after Ash Wednesday. In these days when our Lord was in the desert, one wonders where was our Lady? She was surely with Him in spirit, praying Him through it all as He wrestled with the evil one. May she also pray with us in our own battles, in our own deserts, and may God bless you this day.

16 February 2018, Friday after Ash Wednesday. In today's prophecy from Isaiah we read: 'Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard'. This 'fast of justice' is at the heart of the prophetic proclamation, reminding us that in our acts of penance we are also to look outward, for we are commanded to love our neighbour as ourselves. The love of God overflows into care of our neighbour, and care of our neighbour drives us back to the Lord our God. May we be strengthened in our following of Christ this Lent, and may God bless you this day.

15 February 2018, Thursday after Ash Wednesday. 'I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him; for that means life to you and length of days …' These words are from our Old Testament reading, and they set the tone for our following of the Lenten journey. It is about choosing life, in all senses of the word, setting aside all that does not tend towards it. All our asceticism likewise trains us to this end, and so we walk forward in joy. May God bless you.

14 February 2018, Ash Wednesday. Today we begin our Lenten journey together - a journey in penitence, through love, that will take us into the heart of the Paschal Mystery. For us in Community, the Divine Office changes, the word 'Alleluia' is dropped until its first solemn intonation at the Easter Vigil. Each of us will be giving up something, taking something on, and, in according to the Rule of our Holy Father S Benedict, we are given a book to read straight through over the weeks that make up the season. It will be a time to grow - like the crocus. May God bless all your own Lenten endeavours for Him, and draw you closer to Himself over these weeks.

Tuesday 13 February 2018, Shrove Tuesday. 'Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one; but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures'. These words from the Letter of James, our New Testament reading today, form a perfect introduction to our keeping of Lent. There is the endurance of trial, the promise of the crown of life, the gifts of God, and His Fatherly nature which is utterly trustworthy and compassionate. May God bless you as you embark on the great Lenten journey, and all your efforts for Him.

 

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