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3:1-7) All things have their season, and in their times all things pass
under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and
a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill, and a time to
heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a
time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter
stones, and a time to gather. A time to embrace, and a time to be far
from embraces. A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a
time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to keep
silence, and a time to speak.
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EXCERPT ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT: Q & A
Q: How could Catholics live this Lenten season as a really special time and not just as a “Catholic tradition?”
Archbishop Chaput: We need to understand that the materialism of
modern life, the constant modern emphasis on buying and consuming, is
based on the falsehood that we “deserve” convenience and comfort; that
our opinions and desires really matter. Of course, in the most
important sense, we do matter. We’re infinitely precious in the
eyes of God. But the world will forget us very quickly when we’re gone,
and all of us will be gone sooner than we think. There are no
exceptions. So the healthiest way for each of us to live Lent is
to reflect on our mortality and take a hard, clear look at the behavior
and choices that guide our typical day. If we don’t like some of
what we see — and that should include every one of us, if we’re honest
— then Lent is the time to begin changing our direction.
Q: How can Catholics be “creative” in the way they live their Lent as a time for conversion?
Archbishop Chaput: We need to think past the obvious things to
“give up” — desserts, wine, the movies — and concentrate on those
things we cling to that we don’t really need but like to
indulge. It’s different for every person: shopping, restaurants,
coffee, etc. But even better is when we select some positive
service to perform for another person, or volunteer where our time is
needed by our parish or charity. The corporal and spiritual works of
mercy are a great place to begin our Lenten reflections. We should
adapt them to our circumstances and make a real effort to live them
actively as we prepare for Easter. And of course, some daily time
spent reading Scripture is always very fruitful.
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MEDITATION VIA MSGR. POPE: Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent
The light of true
knowledge makes it possible to discern without error the difference
between good and evil. Then the path of justice, which leads to the Sun
of Justice, brings the mind into the limitless light of knowledge,
since it never fails to seek the love of God with all confidence.
Therefore, we must maintain great stillness of mind, even in the midst
of our struggles. We shall then be able to distinguish between the
different types of thoughts that come to us: those that are good, those
sent by God, we will treasure in our memory; those that are evil and
inspired by the devil we will reject.
A comparison with the sea may help us. A tranquil sea allows the
fisherman to gaze right to its depths. No fish can hide there and
escape his sight. The stormy sea, however, becomes murky when it is
agitated by the winds. The very depths that it revealed in its
placidness, the sea now hides. The skills of the fisherman are useless.
Only the Holy Spirit can purify the mind: unless the strong man enters
and robs the thief, the booty will not be recovered. So by every means,
but especially by peace of soul, we must try to provide the Holy Spirit
with a resting place. Then we shall have the light of knowledge shining
within us at all times, and it will show up for what they are all the
dark and hateful temptations that come from demons, and not only will
it show them up: exposure to this holy and glorious light will also
greatly diminish their power.
This is why the Apostle says: Do not stifle the Spirit. The Holy Spirit
is the Spirit of goodness: do not grieve him by your evil actions and
thoughts, and so deprive yourself of the defense his light affords you.
In his own being, which is eternal and life-giving, he is not stifled,
but when he is grieved he turns away and leaves the mind in darkness,
deprived of the light of knowledge.
The mind is capable of tasting and distinguishing accurately whatever
is presented to it. Just as when our health is good we can tell the
difference between good and bad food by our bodily sense of taste and
reach for what is wholesome, so when our mind is strong and free from
all anxiety, it is able to taste the riches of divine consolation and
to preserve, through love, the memory of this taste. This teaches us
what is best with absolute certainty. As Saint Paul says: My prayer is
that your love may increase more and more in knowledge and insight, and
so enable you to choose what is best (from the treatise On Spiritual
Perfection, by Diadochus of Photice, bishop (Cap. 6, 26. 27. 30: PG 65,
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of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 3- "On Exile or Pilgrimage"
8. Eve was exiled from Paradise against her will,
but the monk is a willing exile from his home. She would have liked the
tree of disobedience again; and he would certainly expose himself daily
to frequent danger from relatives according to the flesh.
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