Ash Wednesday


Ash Wednesday 2“I think of the unity of the Church in this her Lent (the lesson from the book of Joel brings this out: “Blow the trumpet and call the people together for the great fast!” Joel 1:14). The whole Church is called together and we realize that our Lent is united with the suffering of the martyrs and the fasts of the desert fathers and the good works and penances of all the saints. Whatever I can give to God and to other men is only the effect and manifestation in me of the power of the Passion of Jesus. I would reply to His action, and let Him show Himself in my life. This He will do in a way I have expected and not expected; planned and not planned; desired and not desired. My decisions do not anticipate His coming: they manifest that He has come, if they be His decisions. Thomas Merton, Journals

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