Friday, first week of Lent
Blessed Ember Friday!
Set me free from my distress, O Lord.
See my lowliness and suffering, and take away all my sins.
Grant that Your faithful, O Lord, we pray,
may be so conformed to the paschal observances,
that the bodily discipline now solemnly begun
may bear fruit in the souls of all.
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.
Ezekiel 18:21-28 (repentant sinners will live, but if the righteous turn to sin, they’ll die)
Psalm 130:1-8 “If you, O Lord, mark iniquities who can stand?”
+Matthew 5:20-26 (be reconciled to each other)
When people turn around
the Lord relents–
and even more,
draws them nearer
It grieves His Heart
when we do not;
when we hold captive
has set free.
Our hearts must change
to be like His;
this is the gift
of the King.
We have no reason to despise anyone.
A humble man sees only his own faults.
It is a sign of little virtue to notice the imperfections of others.
The man who is imperfect today, may, recognizing himself,
rise to high holiness in a few days.
~St. Claude de la Colombiere
Have I adopted God’s definition of “fairness”?
Do I choose to look past the faults of others to envision the saints God has designed them to become?