One Minute Reflection – 13 February – “Shrove Tuesday”
“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”…John 17:14-15
REFLECTION – “In this sense, then, the world is everything that is opposed to our Lord Jesus Christ, that refuses to recognise Him and that resists His divine guidance. Those false maxims which tend to weaken the love of God in our souls; which recommended the vanities that fasten our hearts to this present life; which cry down everything that can raise us above our weaknesses or vices; which decoy and gratify our corrupt nature by dangerous pleasures, which, far from helping us to the attainment of our last end, only mislead us-all these are ‘the world.'”…Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger (The Liturgical Year)
PRAYER – All-provident Lord, my God, You are my Father and in You is all my hope and trust. Teach me to live according to Your precepts, knowing that through them I will attain virtue and thus be filled with true joy. Help me to love Your Creation but never to succumb to the enticements of the material world which constantly beckon and attempt to seduce my love. Grant us all strength during our Lenten journey to minimise the snares of the ‘world’ around us and to open our hearts only to You. Through our Saviour, who came to teach us and lead us, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God, amen.
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