ChristianityRichly

Lent 2012

In Christianity on March 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

It is fitting to begin, once again, with posts to Christianity Richly during Lent. Lent is a time for beginning again with God. Lent is a time during which the Holy Spirit speaks more plainly; more urgently, if we are listening.

So it was this morning: “Before They throne, O God, we kneel; give us a conscience quick to feel.”¹ End my coldness, O Lord. Speak, for your servant is listening—or trying to.

What then? What did God say? And how? My mind wandered back to a recent journey, during which I knew in advance I would be tempted to be judgmental and unloving. “Don’t judge. Just do. Just love.” By God’s grace, during that trip, I believe I did. Yet how quickly we drift! How have I done lately?

Not well, apparently. For I was reminded of a meditation, also in Magnificat, that I had dog-eared to remind myself to return and read more carefully. “Jesus loves as pure gift . . . He makes others better by loving them. Not only does he not accuse their mediocrity . . . but He takes up their defense . . . He defends Mary Magdalene, as he defended the Samaritan woman and Zacchaeus.“²

“Experience has shown me too late that we cannot judge people by their vices, but on the contrary by what they hold intact and pure, by the childlike qualities that remain in them, however deeply one must search for them.”³

Well, there we have it! My marching orders for the day. Let’s get to it. “Don’t judge. Just love. Just do.”

¹ From Magnificat, the hymn beginning Prayer for Morning, March 6.

² Fr. Bernard Bro, O.P., quoted in Magnificat, “How We Can Love Our Enemies,” March 3, 2012.

³ George Bernanos, quoted in the same Magnificat meditation, by Fr. Bernard Bro.

  1. Welcome back to the narrow road. I stray to often and lose my way. Thanks for this post.

    “Experience has shown me too late that we cannot judge people by their vices, but on the contrary by what they hold intact and pure, by the childlike qualities that remain in them, however deeply one must search for them.”³

    What an inspiring quote

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