Day By Day

 

JOURNAL POSTINGS Thursday 23 March 2017, Lent Feria. 'Take heed, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life'. These words from our Old Testament Mass reading find an echo in the Book of Proverbs: 'Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life'. This ancient monastic practice is for everyone, especially during Lent: keeping the space of the heart pure and clear for Christ Himself, who is at home there; keeping harmful influences away, so that the light can shine without hindrance, burning for Christ. May God bless you this day, and enable this grace in you.

Wednesday 22 March 2017, Lent Feria. Here is the most recent full moon, seen at dawn as it set slowly in the western sky. Such beauty has a simplicity all its own. S Matthew quotes our Lord as saying, 'if your eye is single (or sound), your whole body is full of light'. May we discover that true simplicity in our lives, rooted in God, and may He bless us this day.

Tuesday 21 March 2017, the Passing of our Holy Father S Benedict, Feast. S Gregory in his 'Dialogues' describes the death of the holy man in this way: 'Six days before his departure he caused his grave to be opened, and immediately after he fell into a fever, by the violence whereof his strength began to wax faint, and the infirmity daily increasing, the sixth day he caused his disciples to carry him into the Oratory, where he did arm himself for his going forth by receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord; then, supporting his weak limbs by the hands of his disciples, he stood up, his hands lifted towards Heaven, and with words of prayer at last breathed forth his soul'. We may notice that he died standing up, the traditional posture of resurrection. He had fully entered into the Paschal Mystery of his Lord. May he pray for us, and may our own passing, whenever that may be, be prayerful and peaceful. God bless you.

Monday 20 March 2017, Transferred Solemnity of S Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here is the beautiful statue of him, from our chapel. S John Paul II said of him, 'The path that was Joseph's - his pilgrimage of faith - ended first, that is to say, before Mary stood at the foot of the cross on Golgotha and before the time after Christ returned to the Father, when she was present in the upper room on Pentecost … Nevertheless, Joseph's way of faith moved in the same direction: it was totally determined by the same mystery, of which he, together with Mary, had been the first guardian. The Incarnation and Redemption constitute an organic and indissoluble unity, in which "the plan of revelation is realized by words and deeds which are intrinsically bound up with each other". Precisely because of this unity, Pope John XXIII, who had a great devotion to St. Joseph, directed that Joseph's name be inserted in the Roman Canon of the Mass - which is the perpetual memorial of redemption - after the name of Mary and before the apostles, popes and martyrs'. His name is now inserted into every Eucharistic prayer, and so is thus at the very heart of each celebration. May he pray for the Church, and for each one of us, on this his feast. May God bless you.

19 March 2017, Third Sunday of Lent. The Gospel reading for today is the story of the Samaritan woman. Jesus says to her, 'If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, "Give me a drink", you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water'. 'If you knew the gift of God …' So many times we hear these words, and they pass us by. To know the gift of God, that is the new life which He brings! Let us today know our need of Him, and not be afraid to ask, that He may give us the living water, welling up to eternal life. God bless you.

Saturday 18 March 2017, Lent Feria and S Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. In his Catechetical Lectures, the fourth century S Cyril said: 'Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the Cross our seal made with boldness by our fingers on our brow, and on everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we rise up; when we are in the way, and when we are still'. Today, let us be conscious of the way in which we make the sign of the Cross; let it be mindful, and a true 'seal' of our identity. May S Cyril pray for us, and may God bless you this day.

Friday 17 March 2017, Lent Feria and S Patrick. 'I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity'. These words from the hymn known as 'S Patrick's Breastplate' bear witness to the best armour in the spiritual warfare that is Lent. The fierce intensity of the gaze of the saint reminds us of the single minded devotion to which we are all called, whatever our state in life. May S Patrick pray for us today, and may God bless you.

 

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