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Rejoicing in Lent

What invites us -- even calls us -- to rejoice on this Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday?

  • Is it that this season of penance and penitence is more than half over?
  • Is it that we just like the pink vestments?

Let us hear the clarion call to joy and the rejoicing it awakens, for it is a rejoicing rooted in deep, light-filled, God-given mercy. This is a mercy that works reconciliation to God and to one another. It is a mercy that evokes gratitude -- and rejoicing.

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything;
hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.
May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely;
and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

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The Path of Mercy

 

In this mortal life
mercy and forgiveness are our path,
and always lead us to grace.
(Julian of Norwich, 1342 – c. 1416)

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house
of the Lord forever.
(Psalm 23:6)

 

 

How blessed we are to be walking on the path of divine mercy and forgiveness.  Let us open our hands and hearts both to receive mercy and to share it with others. Thus may the world more and more follow this path of blessing, instead of the road leading to war and violence.

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