During this time of Lent, we are reminded of the need to work on ourselves — to decide for holiness, which requires renunciations and ongoing conversion — to persevere in faith.
“My heart has prompted me to seek your face; I seek it, Lord; do not hide from me.” Ps 26: 8-9
“It was this salvation that the prophets were looking and searching so hard for, their prophecies were about the grace which was to come to you…Free your minds, then, of encumbrances; control them, and put your trust in nothing but the grace that will be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Do not behave in the way that you liked to before you learnt the truth; make a habit of obedience: be holy in all you do, since it is the Holy One who has called you, and scripture says: Be holy, for I am holy.” Peter 1: 10-16
“…through which he has granted us the very great and precious promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption of the lust which is in the world. Do you accordingly on your part strive diligently to supply your faith with virtue, your virtue with knowledge, your knowledge with self control, your self-control with patience, your patience with piety, your piety with fraternal love, your fraternal love with charity.” 2 Peter 1:3-7
Peter also cautions: “There will be false prophets also among the people, just as among you there will be lying teachers who will bring in destructive sects. They even disown the Lord who bought them…” 2 Peter 2:1
The Church has been blessed throughout the centuries with popes who have professed that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and Lord, and confirmed their brothers and sisters in the faith. Today we have a situation where the successor of Peter is an apostate — who has repeatedly denied the words of Jesus Christ, been presumptuous with the Father, blasphemed the Holy Spirit — and undermined the faithfulness of individuals. Theology aside, one need only look at the norms violations in the voting process that elected him to conclude that Francis is illegitimate and self-excommunicated, and should resign or be removed from the papacy as soon as a council can be formed..
Within hours of saying “life is winning again,” at the pro-life march in Washington DC, the vice president of the United States stood beside president Trump as he signed a document ending the Syrian refugee program. This while betraying bishops are telling Catholics living in sin that they possess the clarity of conscience to keep offending God by receiving Communion inappropriately.
“Whoever does away with one of these least commandments, and so teaches men, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever carries them out and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you that unless your justice exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19-20
Artwork: Odilon Redon
“Lord every nation on earth will adore you.” Psalm 71
“God our Father
you sent your Son
to free mankind from the power of death.
May we who celebrate the coming of Christ as man
share more fully in his divine life,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.”
Daily Roman Missal
In the Canticle of Canticles, the bride (Church) calls on the groom (Christ) to “draw” her with his grace, otherwise she will not be able to come to him.
Our Lord also says “draw me”—sometimes literally (as in the case of St. Faustina), but more likely by faithful living—resulting in a masterpiece. So, we need to struggle to avoid being drawn away from Him.