Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nurturing Humility and Compassion During Lent

After sweet bridal sharings, I hesitated to post anything dark and dreary and certainly thought twice before sharing any depressing thoughts.

But tonight in a dimly lit church, as young teenagers filed down the aisle into the confessional to repent during this holy time of Lent, I broke open my Magnificat and wrapped myself in the words of saints and sinners.

If these quotes sound dark, dreary, or depressing; I'm sorry, but, perhaps, these words will touch a few hearts who need to hear them this Lent. Not all walk in the light and sometimes we must shroud ourself in the darkness to hear their faltering steps, their labored breathing, the faint tremble in their voice more clearly:

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"Bring me the sign of true humility by being not overly ambitious in your position, but lowly. Don't be impatient over any pain or abuse you might suffer, but endure within the body of holy Church by the firm power of patience, even to the point of death. When you speak and proclaim the truth, whether in giving counsel or in any other role, do it fearlessly, looking only to God's honor, the salvation of souls, and the advancement of holy Church, as her true son, nurtured by so tender a Mother." ~ St. Catherine of Siena

"Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves."  ~ (Phil 2:3)

"But it is not enough just not to complain. We ought to be content with what we have been given and desire nothing more. What we have is sufficient because God has judged it so." ~ Father Jean-Baptiste Saint-Jure, S.J.

"Compassion does not tire or sleep
But walks wherever suff'rers weep
Through ages past and still to come,
Until the world is gathered home
To rest at last where Mercy reigns
And heals all ills and stills all pains.
And there Compassion's walk will cease
Where God is all, and all is peace."
~ Hymn for Saturday, March 10th 

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