Thought for the Day – 5 March – Tuesday of the Eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Shrove Tuesday 2019 and the Memorial of St John Joseph of the Cross OFM (1654-1734)
St John Joseph’s mortifications allowed him, to be the kind of forgiving superior, intended by Saint Francis.
Self-denial should lead us to charity—not to bitterness, it should help us clarify our priorities and make us more loving.
John Joseph is living proof of Chesterton’s observation:
“It is always easy to let the age have its head, the difficult thing is to keep one’s own” (GK. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, page 101).
As we are nearly ready to leap into the three main areas of our lenten practice – fasting, prayer, almsgiving – let us recall the saints who so bountifully lived permanent ‘lents’ and aim to do the same.