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Friday after Ash Wednesday

February 12, 2016


Blessed Friday!

There’s a prayer that has special significance for Fridays of Lent.
Praying this before a crucifix on a Lenten Friday (with the usual conditions
of Holy Communion the same day, Sacramental Confession, prayers for the pope’s intentions
–at least an “Our Father” and “Hail Mary”–and no attachment to sin),
makes one eligible for a plenary indulgence (i.e., to have the Church open Her treasury of graces
to pay all the moral debts you owe from sins already forgiven in Confession,
that you would otherwise pay in Purgatory):

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus,
while before Your Face I humbly kneel;
and with burning soul, pray and beseech You to fix deep in my heart
lively sentiments of Faith, Hope and Charity,
true contrition for all my sins and a firm purpose of amendment;
while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Your five wounds,
calling to mind the words which David, Your prophet, said of You, my Jesus:
“They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones!”

Isaiah 58:1-9 (fasting is supposed to make us generous)
Psalm 51: 3-6, 18-19 “A broken, humbled heart, O God, You will not scorn”
+Matthew 9:14-15 (there is a time to fast)

True fasting is a means
of muzzling
my appetites
when they attempt
to drown
the life of God
in me.

It lets my soul
be divinized.

What appetites prevent me from loving as God loves?
What form of fasting will most effectively disarm them?

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