Here it is. I will be studying the document today. More later.
Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent
I cried out and you heard me, O God;
bend your ear and hear my words:
keep me, Lord, as the apple of your eye;
protect me under the shadow of your wings (Ps 16:6, 8).
Today’s Introit asks God to protect us in the way a man instinctively protects the apple of His eye. More recent translations refer to the “apple of the eye” as the “pupil of the eye.” While anatomically correct, the expression is less poetic. The pupil is the contracting and expanding opening in the iris of the eye through which light passes to the retina. One can almost see the gesture of protection: the palm of the hand closes over the eye to shield it from any projectile. We are, each one of us, in the eye of God and, for that reason, cherished and assured of His protection.
Again we ask God to hide us under the shelter of His wings. We are fragile and vulnerable but God is quick to shield us, and ever
Third Sunday of Lent
A Monk’s Prayer
Saint John makes a point of saying that, “Jesus, wearied as He was with His journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour” (Jn 4:6). A monk of the twelfth century, took this one sentence of the Gospel, listened to it over and over again, and repeated it to himself. The word of the Gospel passed from his mouth to his ears; from his ears into his mind; and from his mind into his heart. There, by the light of the Holy Spirit, he was opened to its deeper meaning and, in his heart, the word became prayer, a prayer that found expression in his poetry:
Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
Redemisti Crucem passus:
Tantus labor non sit cassus.
Faint and weary, Thou hast sought me,
Crucified hast dearly bought me;
Shall such grace be vainly brought me?
Translated literally, the connection with today’s Gospel emerges more clearly:
Seeking me, all weary, Thou didst sit:
By Thy suffering on the Cross didst Thou redeem me;
There are Catholics, belonging to a certain theological “caste”, who sniff condescendingly at novenas and other expressions of popular devotion. They forget, perhaps, the words of Our Lord in the Gospel: “I confess to Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones” (Mt 11:25).
Pope Benedict XVI addressed the place of popular devotions with the clergy of Rome on February 22nd:
Popular piety is one of our strengths because it consists of prayers deeply rooted in people’s hearts. These prayers even move the hearts of people who are somewhat cut off from the life of the Church and who have no special understanding of faith. All that is required is to “illuminate” these actions and “purify” this tradition so that it may become part of the life of the Church today.
Several years ago my father gave me a wonderful old prayer book that has been handed down from generation to generation in the family. The Treasury of the Sacred Heart Abridged from
In a questions–and answers–session with the clergy of Rome on February 22, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI returned to what had already become a leitmotif of his teaching: the mystery of the Face of Christ. Throughout his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI directed our gaze to the Holy Face and to the Pierced Side, never separating the Face of Jesus from His Sacred Heart.
Brought Near to God in Christ
Saint Paul says in his Letter to the Ephesians: “Remember that you were at that time… having no hope and without God…. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near” (Eph 2: 12-13). Thus, life has a meaning that guides me even through difficulties.
Christ, the Living Face of God
It is therefore necessary to return to God the Creator, to the God who is creative reason, and then to find Christ, Who is the living Face of God. Let us say that here there is a reciprocity. On the one hand, we have the encounter with Jesus, with this human, historical and real figure; little by little, He helps