Category Archives: Lent

Lenten Quote, Day 24

God is the greatest of all who do good by stealth and do not crave for every benefit to be acknowledged. Or we may see how our pain becomes a blessing to others. And we turn the spirit of heaviness to a garment of praise. We may stop grousing and get our soul into its Sunday clothes. The sacrament of pain becomes then a true Eucharist and giving of thanks. [The Soul of Prayer, 42-43] –P.T. Forsyth

Lenten Quote, Day 22

Christ rose in the body, and his resurrected body was marked by the wounds of the crucifixion. He bears in his resurrected, glorified body all the marks of the victory he had won in the body. He did not win a disembodied victory.–Francesca Murphy

Lenten Quote, Day 21

Lent is a a time to face the fact of sin, not merely sin in general, nor the sins of others, but ones’ own sins in particular; and to deal with them in a definite way; to find them out, to confess them, and to make them matters of especial prayer and watching and endeavor for amendment. It were a Lent surely not in vain if even one sin might be thus repented of, the bonds of one bad habit broken, the power of one deadly fault overcome. –Chauncey B. Brewster

Pastoral Meditation

There is a sort of blindness that is all encompassing. It is vast and comprehensive. The Bible is full of such blindness. The Pharisees in John 9 embraced that form of darkness. Their vision lacked focus. Instead of seeing the greater Moses, they were interested only in defending a false version of Moses’ message. They were blinded by their persistent refusal to see the Son of God and His works as validation of a new world before their very eyes.
We need to be cautious as well. Our eyes need to be focused on the great healer of Israel. Our eyes need to be renewed weekly in our worship. As we gather with God’s people, in love and joy, we are beginning to see the beatific vision with greater clarity.
Prayer: Our God, take away any blindness that is caused by my sins. I confess those sins that keep me from clinging to your glorious presence. Make me see your works that I may worship you as the man in John 9. I pray this through the healer of the world, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Lenten Quote, Day 20

We don’t mark Advent and Christmas and Epiphany, Lent and Good Friday and Easter and Pentecost out of nostalgia. We mark these days in protest against the rationalisms and simplifications of modern time. We mark these seasons to declare the truth that time is “not a quantity, but a melody” (ERH).

–Peter Leithart

Lenten Prayer

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen