Posted in LENT, MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS

LENTEN REFLECTION – The First Week of Lent – 3 MARCH

day-3-3-march

LENTEN REFLECTION – 3 MARCH

Emptied for Our Sake
.
By Bernard of Clairvaux

Christ’s self-emptying was neither a simple gesture nor a limited one.   He emptied Himself even to the assuming of human nature, even to accepting death, death on a cross (Philippians 2:7).

Who is there that can adequately gauge the greatness of the humility, gentleness and self-surrender, revealed by the Lord of majesty in assuming human nature, in accepting the punishment of death, the shame of the cross?

But somebody will say: “Surely the Creator could have restored His original plan without all that hardship?”   Yes, He could but He chose the way of personal suffering so that man would never again have reason to display that worst and most hateful of all vices, ingratitude.

Even if God made you out of nothing, you have not been redeemed out of nothing.   In six days He created all things and among them, you.   On the other hand, for a period of thirty whole years He worked your salvation in the midst of the earth.

What He endured in those labours!   To His bodily needs and the abuses from His enemies did He not add the mightier burden of the humiliation of the cross and crown it all with the horror of His death?   And this was indeed necessary.   Man and beast you save, 0 Lord (Psalm 36:6).   How you have multiplied your mercy, 0 God!

he-chose-the-way-of-personal-suffering-stbernardofc

 

Author:

Passionate Catholic. Being a Catholic is a way of life - a love affair "Religion must be like the air we breathe..."- St John Bosco Prayer is what the world needs combined with the example of our lives which testify to the Light of Christ. This site, which is now using the Traditional Calendar, will mainly concentrate on Daily Prayers, Novenas and the Memorials and Feast Days of our friends in Heaven, the Saints who went before us and the great blessings the Church provides in our Catholic Monthly Devotions. "For the saints are sent to us by God as so many sermons. We do not use them, it is they who move us and lead us, to where we had not expected to go.” Charles Cardinal Journet (1891-1975) This site adheres to the Catholic Church and all her teachings. PLEASE ADVISE ME OF ANY GLARING TYPOS etc - In June 2021 I lost 95% sight in my left eye and sometimes miss errors. Thank you and bless you 🙏

4 thoughts on “LENTEN REFLECTION – The First Week of Lent – 3 MARCH

  1. Quite excited getting this post through a friend and sister. Thanks. May the blessed Trinity strengthen and keep you and the ministry. Amen.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Emmanuel, you have touched my heart and sent the Trinity to fill me with strength and grace. I thank you and pray you too will be abundantly blessed. We inspire each other on this pilgrim path. Blessed Sunday tomorrow to you and yours! And

      Like

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s