Monday, April 5, 2010



A good Lent is mentally and spiritually exhausting. It leaves your heart raw. Like a good fight with a loved one, it strips away old resentments and shines light on the dark places in our souls. We go into the desert to confront our pain, our loneliness, our demons: ourselves.

We look at ourselves honestly, and we let Christ guide us into the desert, for he is the Way. We look at ourselves honestly, and we find the truth painful. Yet there too, we encounter Christ, for he is the Truth. We bring ourselves, sinful and sorrowful, to the foot of the Cross. We lift our hearts up to him and offer him the one thing we have that is truly our own.

In that, we die with him. We rest in him. We are reborn and rise with him to new life, for he is Life. The Resurrection is real. It is not something from the past. It is here now. It happens each day in our hearts. Every time we turn to him, every time we choose to bring love into the world, every time we choose the good of another over ourselves, we rise to new life in him.

Easter is not a memorial of something long ago. It is a reality to be experienced now: every day, every minute, here and now. Listen to St. Teresa of Avila:

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Christ is risen: not long ago, but now. Why do you search for the Living One among the dead? He is not here. Christ has no body now on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Not Christ was risen; Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed.

Here and now.

Respectfully Yours,



Suldog said...

All true, of course.

Every Lent, as I come to the realization that I don't even have enough control over myself to maintain whatever small regimen I've imposed upon myself, I come to the further realization that any attempt to gain salvation on my own, via obedience to the law, would result only in my becoming increasingly despondent and hopeless. I come to know, more and more, that I need a savior. And I thank God that I have been given one who understands my severe lacks.

lime said...

the practice of observing lent is meaningless if it is mere ritual and does not turn our hearts and minds to reflection and make us attentive to the lord's assessment of ourselves but it is so very fruitful when we observe it with humble, teachable hearts.

Unknown said...

شركة مقاولات بالرياض

تغليف اثاث

شركات نقل العفش بالرياض

شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة

شركة تخزين اثاث بجدة

شركة تنظيف شقق بجدة

شركات تنظيف منازل بجدة

شركات رش المبيدات حشرية بجدة

نقل اثاث بمكة

تنظيف خزانات بالرياض

كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض

شركات العزل الحراري في الرياض

عملية المرارة بالمنظار

جراح تحويل مسار المعدة بالرياض

بالون المعدة

مكافحة حشرات الفراش

شركات ابادة الحشرات الرياض

مكافحة رش مبيد

Unknown said...

تنظيف بالرياض
زهرة نقل اثاث بالرياض
تنظيف بالرياض

شراء اثاث مستعمل الرياض
شراء اثاث مستعمل في الرياض

مستعمل اثاث

شركة كشف تسربات بالأحساء

افضل شركات بالسعودية
افضل شركات بالسعودية
افضل شركات بالسعودية

انجين محمد said...

شركة تنظيف بالرس
التنظيف هو من أهم الأعمال الذي يهتم بها الرجل قبل المرأة فالبعض يعتقد أن التنظيف هو مسئولية السيدات فقط، ولكن لا يوجد رجل يرغب بأن يقطن في مكان غير نظيف وهذا ما يجعله يقوم بالاستعانة بشركتنا شركة تنظيف بالرس، فهي من الشركات الأكثر شهرة في مجال التنظيف وحازت على إعجاب الكثير من سكان الرس.
حيث أنها تعمل على تنظيف المساجد والمصانع والمدارس والشركات والمكاتب، بجانب القيام بتنظيف السجاد، وتنظيف الكنب، وتنظيف الخزانات وكل ما يحتاج إلى التنظيف داخل أي منزل أو أي مكان تعمل على القيام به، فهي تستخدم أجود مواد التنظيف وأحدث معدات وأدوات مستخدم للتنظيف.