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Saturday, third week of Lent

March 9, 2013

JMJ

Blessed St. Frances of Rome’s Day!

You can find her story here.

Entrance Antiphon:
She reaches out her hands to the needy and extends her arms to the poor.
She did not eat her food in idleness.

Collect:
O God, who have given us in Saint Frances of Rome
a singular model of both married and monastic life,
grant us perseverance in Your service,
that in every circumstance of life we may see and follow You.
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.

Readings:
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 (The value of a worthy wife is far beyond pearls)
Psalm 34:2-11 “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord”
+Matthew 22:34-40 (You shall love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself)

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind…
You shall love your neighbor as yourself
-Matthew 22:37, 39

If she hasn’t got the first
don’t trust the last.

Charm is deceptive
-Proverbs 31:30

The kindness borne of temperament
(or of intent to be approved)
will crumble
under stress–

unless it’s under-girded
by the strength of holiness.

But when the love of God enkindles
fires of generosity,
then you’ve got yourself a wonder
of a wife!

Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, not evil,
all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flax
and works with loving hands.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy.
Proverbs 31:11-13,19-20

Oh blessed husband,
treasure her!
Protect her faith;
perfect her love…

Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church.
He gave Himself up for her
to make her holy,
purifying her in the bath of water
by the power of the word,
to present to Himself a glorious Church,
holy and immaculate,
without stain or wrinkle or anything of that sort.
~Ephesians 5:25-27

as she looks up to you
as to the Lord.

Wives should be submissive to their husbands
as to the Lord
-Ephesians 5:22

Her worth exceedingly surpasses
any pearls
you might spend.

How does this vision of spousal love compare to yours?
How can you grow, and help others to grow, toward this vision?

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