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Fr. George W. Rutler – Weekly – February 15, 2009

Posted on February 16, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Fr. George W. Rutler
February 15, 2009

It would be rash to run a marathon without training. And it would not be wise to plunge into Lent without getting ready for it. The old liturgical calendar had three weeks to get ready for Lent: Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima, meaning seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth. These were not exact configurations: Quinquagesima Sunday marks the fiftieth day before Easter, if you include both of those Sundays, and Septuagesima and Sexagesima Sundays are really 64 and 57 days before Easter. But the point is that these are signals to get ready for the gift of the Lenten season which itself is a serene anticipation of Easter joy, and therefore has a joy of its own. Saint Benedict said back in the sixth century: “In these days, therefore, let us add something beyond the wonted measure of our service, such as private prayers and abstinence in food and drink. Let each one, over and above the measure prescribed for him, offer God something of his own freewill in the joy of the Holy Spirit” (Rule, 49). I regret that the revised calendar dropped the “Gesimas.” On the other hand, those three weeks could have been confused with Lent itself, as they wore the penitential violet and left out the Gloria. But the Ordinary Form can learn from the Extraordinary Form how to start thinking about the season of penance. Most important is prayer. It helps rescue us from that spiritually idolatrous mentality which wants ashes without prayer and penance. That is rather like thinking that all you need to do in order to run the marathon is to put on your running clothes. Prayer indicates a desire to enter into God’s plan for the universe. Everything He made is cogent and has a purpose, which is why we expect the world to “work,” and complain when things do not work. By doing His will, we can enter into His Kingdom—and the Kingdom is the state in which all is the way God means life to be. Perfect prayer, then, is prayer that leads us to do perfectly what God wants. God answers every prayer: and prayer is the means by which we come to realize how He has answered it. Spiritual discipline, through acts of penance, also inoculates us against the sentimental attitude which measures reality according to our “feelings.” What we feel about anything has nothing to do with what is right or wrong, and “feeling good about myself” is no guarantee that we are doing God’s will. So prayer should be “instant in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2) and not just when we feel like it. Our greatest dignity consists in the fact that God has made us able to think about Him, to serve Him, and to love Him. These approaching weeks of the Church year are His way of reminding us of that.
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Shower of Roses: Valentine’s Day Treats

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Shower of Roses: Valentine’s Day Treats

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St Claude De la Colombiere – Heroic Hope – Feast Day Feb. 15

Posted on February 16, 2009. Filed under: de la Columbiere, Jesus, Sacred Heart |

Act of Confidence in God
Saint Claude de la Colombière

My God, I’m so persuaded that You watch over all who
hope in You and nothing can be lacking to those who
await from You all things, that I have determined to
live from now on without any concern, letting go and
giving You all of my anxieties.
I will sleep and rest in peace because You, O Lord,
and only You, have secured my hope.
Men can deprive me of possessions and reputation;
illnesses can take away my strength and means to serve You;
I myself can lose Your grace because of sin;
but I will not lose my hope;
I will conserve it until the last instant of my life
and all the efforts from demons trying to take it away
from me will be useless.
I will sleep and rest in peace. May others expect
happiness in their richness and talents;
some may lean on the innocence of their lives,
or the rigor of their penitence, or above all
on the amount of their good works,
or the fervor of their prayers.
As for myself Lord, all my confidence is my confidence itself.
Because You Lord, only You have secured my hope.
No one has been deceived by this confidence.
No one who has waited in the Lord has been frustrated in their confidence.
Therefore, I am sure that I will be eternally happy
because I firmly hope to be;

and because You, Oh, My God, are in Whom I expect all.
In You I hope Lord, and never will I be confused.

I know very well . . . too well that I am fragile and inconstant,
I know well the power of temptations against the most firm virtue;
I have seen the stars fall from heaven
and columns from the firmament;

but none of this can frighten me.
As long as I maintain firm my hope,
I will be conserved from all calamities;

and I am sure to hope always,
because I hope the same in this unchanging hope.
In conclusion, I am sure that I cannot hope in excess in You
and that I will receive all that I would have hoped for in You.

Therefore, I know You will sustain me
on the most rapid and slippery slopes,
that You will strengthen me against the assaults
and make my weakness triumph
over the most tremendous enemies.

I hope You will always love me and I will love you without interruption;
to take once and for all my hope as far as it can reach.
I hope in You and only in You!
Oh, My Creator!
In time and for all eternity.

St. Claude de la Columbiere, pray for us and for the Holy Father.

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