though night still covers the earth
and darkness the peoples,
on you Yahweh is rising and over you
his glory can be seen.”
Image copyright - Inset artwork Grief by artistaeli, used with permission.
Let me descend into your heart.
Descent from the cross.
Descend into your hearts.
A triduum is a three-day period of prayer, usually in preparation for an important feast or in celebration of that feast. Triduums recall the three days that Christ spent in the tomb, from Good Friday until Easter Sunday.
“Descent from the Cross” ivory 1270 -1280 Muse du Louvre.
Week 4 Lent
Today’s Scripture: Sam 15:13 -114, 30; 16:5-13, Mk 51-20
“Let your hearts be broken,
not your garments torn”.
If you be drawn to a quiet place of hidden truths and reflective shadows, be not afraid.
“Receive the storm that repentence brings. Let the holy winds toss you to and fro.
You will be awakened to new depths as you wrestle with the life forces within and what seems like violence at first will lead you gently into the eye of God where all is calm and quiet like the eye of a hurricane.”
“Sacrifice to God is a broken spirit,
A humbled contrite heart you will not spurn.” Ps 51:17
For you shall find the inner truth of who you are to God and who God is to you.
“O God help me to believe the truth about myself – no matter how beautiful it is!”
Highly recommended further reading: http://macrinawiederkehr.com/ and details of her books and articles. Her lenten blog is titled: “To what are you nailed?”
** lacrimarum valle – latin – Vale of Tears
Quotes obtained from http://www.notable-quotes.com
Offerings for consideration from a talk by Retired Catholic Bishop Geoffrey Robinson.
“There is only one God, but an endless variety of human misunderstandings of God. Unable to grasp the infinite God, we each create a lesser God in our minds and worship this.
In particular, we all have within us profound fears and longings, with the fears creating ideas of an angry god, and the longings ideas of a loving god. Our ideas of God will always be inadequate, but can at least be healthy, that is, enable us to grow.
To achieve this health, we must move:
from a god we can possess and dispense to others
to a God of infinite surprise;
from an elderly male god
to a God who is above all our limitations;
from a religion in which beliefs, duties and worship hold first place
to a religion in which a love relationship with God holds first place;
from an angry god, not to a god of soft love, but
to a God who, out of love is never afraid to challenge us to grow;
from divisions between sacred and profane
to the goodness of all creation;
from a god whose glory is to be found in our obedience
to a religion in which we must constantly abuse ourselves before God to a religion in which self-denial and self-love work together to help us become “fully alive”;
from a world without meaning
to a world in which our sense of meaning comes from the sum total of all the loves of our lives;
from a commercial relationship with a god whose rewards can be earned by doing right things
to a love relationship with a God who is pure gift;
from a relationship in which we determine exactly what part God shall be allowed in our lives
to a love relationship of total giving;
from a god who demands that we bridge the gap between us
to a God who always takes the first step and comes to us;
from prayer which consists solely in words
to a prayer in which our whole lives seek to express our desire for God;
from a god about whom we use many words
to a God whose greatness and mystery reduce us to silent wonder.”
God is always there for us … waiting for our ………………..
(Your chance here to put in an answer …. what comes to your mind?)
Over these last few weeks of Lent, the children have been singing as part of our liturgy. I always find it uplifting particularly as their songs are so fresh and new to me.
However, twice lately I have been jarred by the words of a song they sing… and it left me thinking quite seriously…. Each time I noticed the disturbing affect on me as I read the words and heard them sing:
“God is always there for us…waiting for our crime”.
Do you believe that? I certainly don’t… that was the source of my concern. What sort of a version of God do we have? Worth thinking about further I pondered. Who is your God ? – Do we believe in a God of Mercy and Compassion? After deliberating over the two occasions I raised it with the co-ordinator who agreed to check the typing. I found the unofficial website with lyrics had this version also.
Still perplexed, I contacted the songwriter who confirmed indeed the words are ” waiting for our CRY!”
Now the merciful God whom I knew I could turn to has appeared in the song, not the God of judgement and condemnation.
It may be simple, yet so many times little typos like this can be either amusing or misleading. In this case I am glad to have the children, and the child in me, know that God is waiting for our cries.
May it be in this season of Lent we can keep examining our images of God and discover the truth and depth of Divine Mercy.
The Lord is kind and merciful … Psalm 102: vs. 1, 4
The Lord is compassion and love
Slow to anger and rich in mercy
Gee…some signs of our times are good.
The wit and poignancy of this one made it memorable for me.
We seem to hear so many versions of truth these days that we are no longer sure of our own version. Although we grow in knowledge of our values and truths, in part we still respond to scripts given to us by parents, friends or doctrine.
Spiritual Direction assists us to become more sensitive to our feelings and reflect on our emotional responses. We find the things of importance, truth and meaning for ourselves.
As we journey inward and speak our truths, we begin to belong to ourselves in a fresh way.
At the heart of traditional stories, in scripture and in many indigenous cultures, is the sacredness of the land as the place of unique belonging and well-being.
Often in the spiritual journey people relate their experiences to that of homecoming to a place of belonging. They take possession of their inner landscape from which they draw forth their meaning and identity.
“Prevent Truth Decay” – trust and protect the sacred within. –
A reflection from Scripture: Jn 8:31-32 –
“If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples,
you will come to know the truth and the truth will set you free. ”