A Time of Transition

God of all time, you call us out of the ordinariness of our everyday lives to see the world anew in your time. Help us to respond to your call to see in all things: both a completion and a new beginning; both an end and a renewed start; both sadness and joy. While our time marks your death on a cross as an end, your time marks the Transitus from one life to the next. Enflame in our hearts a desire to see in life and death the Transitus and transformation your life, death, and resurrection have brought forth in the world. Your time is a time of fulfillment that makes little sense to the world, for what is logical is replaced by what is kingdom-oriented, and this way of thinking appears as foolishness to the worldly. Help us to live as your fools, willing to announce your kingdom. Give us the strength to keep your time, where relationships take priority and we start over again and again to serve the least among us. Amen.

–from the book The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering

Servant Leadership

In the washing of feet on Holy Thursday, we catch a glimpse of the servant leadership Christ taught his disciples to practice. “But Jesus summoned them and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them…. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.’” (Matthew 20:25–27).

–from the book Meeting God in the Upper Room: Three Moments to Change Your Life

Beginnings and Endings

It can be difficult to tell the difference between beginnings and endings. Perhaps one of the strongest lessons in Jesus’s words from the cross is that we must not be as concerned about our time as we are about God’s time. In God’s time beginnings and endings are one in the same, because God’s time is not so much a matter of minutes, hours, and days as it is about a way of living in the world. The way we mark the passage of our life is not the same way that God marks our time. It is when washing the feet of others, the giving of ourselves for the sake of our brothers and sisters, that we live according to God’s time.

–from the book: The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering

 

Pray for Guidance

The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus told his disciples not to worry because the Holy Spirit would tell them what to say. When you face tough choices, pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to know what is right and for the strength to do it.

–from the book A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics

Sharing the Suffering

Our thoughts turn to the passion and death of our Lord, and we long to share his pain with him. What is the pain of Jesus? It is the pain of loving and not being loved in return. He has loved us with an everlasting love, and what do we give him in return? We allow our minds to be preoccupied with little things and so spend many hours without thinking of Jesus. And yet our hearts and minds, bodies and souls, belong only to him. Let us meditate on the sufferings of Christ each day.

–from Lent with St. Teresa of Calcutta

Growth In Spirituality

Lent is a favorable time to intensify spiritual life: may the practice of fasting be of help to you, in order to acquire greater mastery of yourselves; may prayer be the means to entrust your lives to God and to feel him always nearby; may the works of mercy help you to live open to the needs of brothers and sisters.

from the book The Hope of Lent

Strength of Conviction

Dear God, we ask that you hear our Lenten prayer of praise, surrender, and petition. We praise you for the many gifts that you have given us. We surrender our control, seeking to follow Jesus’s model of humility, while striving to love as he loved us. We recognize that suffering comes with love, that great love and great suffering can transform us, but that neither experience is necessarily easy. We offer our petition to you, praying that we might have the strength of our convictions, the hope of our faith, and the joy of that hope when times are difficult. May we always place our trust in you and commend our whole selves to your care. In doing so, may we always proclaim, in word and deed, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done! Amen.

–from the book The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering

Liberating News

We are called as Christians to proclaim the liberating news that forgiveness for sins committed is possible, that God is greater than our sinfulness, that he freely loves us at all times, that we were made for communion and eternal life.

-from The Hope of Lent

Hide Nothing

Hide nothing from your confessor. A sick man can be cured only by revealing his wounds.

—St. Margaret of Cortona

 

-from A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics

A Treasure Trove

In Christ, all of life has meaning now. We have the opportunity to participate in the redemption of the world by offering up our suffering in union with Christ, and there is a treasure trove of meaning for us to uncover!

-from When You Suffer