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Wednesday, second week of Lent

March 7, 2012

Blessed Sts. Perpetua & Felicity’s Day!

You can read their story here (https://pussywillowpress.wordpress.com/2005/03/07/sts-perpetua-felicity-march-7/).

Keep Your family, O Lord,
schooled always in good works,
and so comfort them with Your protection here
as to lead them graciously to gifts on high.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Opening prayer of today’s Mass)

Readings:
Jeremiah 18:18-20 (Jeremiah has prayed for his persecutors)
Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16 “Save me, O Lord, in Your kindness”
+Matthew 20:17-28 (the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve)

Many could pass themselves off as royal, given the ermine;
but only the queenly in soul can be royal in patched serge behind a dishpan.
– Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. A Right to Be Merry

Greatness does not consist
in rich attire
and grand positions.

Greatness serves…despite the cost.

His plea for the very men who mocked his mission
and sought his life
was Jeremiah’s crown.

The cross was Jesus’ throne.

He expects no less from us.

whoever wishes to be great among you
shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you
shall be your slave
-Matthew 20:26-27

That’s supernatural!

How can I bring an attitude of royal dignity to the humble service in my daily life?
How can I maintain it under fire?
How can I remind myself to unite my humiliations to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross
for the good of souls?

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