Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Great Graces of Lent

If you have the means or ability to secure the 'The Liturgical Year', or at least Lent, Volume 5 of that work, it is well worth the time you will spend reading it.  In the chapter 'Practice During Lent', Gueranger writes

 'There is one means more whereby we are to secure to ourselves the great graces of Lent; it is the spirit of retirement and separation from the world. Our ordinary life, such as it is during the rest of the year, should all be made to pay tribute to the holy season of penance; otherwise, the salutary impression produced on us by the holy ceremony of Ash Wednesday will soon be effaced.'

A blessed Lent to you. 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday of Quinquagesima Week

Sweet is this present life, but it passes away; terrible O Christ, is thy judgement, and it endures for ever. Let us, therefore, cease to love what is unstable, and fix our thoughts on the fear of what is eternal; saying; Christ have mercy upon us!
- from the Ambrosian liturgy

Let us gratefully use this world; go through it without making it the object of our hope; not waste upon it that love, which God alone deserves; and be ever mindful, that we are not made for this, but for another and happier world.
- from 'The Liturgical Year', Gueranger, Book #4, p. 200.

May you have a fruitful Lent.