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21 Thursday 2nd week of Lent

The word ‘happy’ or. ‘blessed’ is synonymous for ‘holy’. (Gaudete et exsultate 64)

Luke 16:19-31 – `If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’

We are hungry for joy! Our soul has a marked hunger for joy. This is a most basic drive of human nature. … Do I have to prove that our times today lack joy? … This is because people today are in danger of losing their souls, they are enslaved to outward things. They are unable to concentrate, they are not at home in themselves. … Joy is an essential corollary of a more profoundly holy life and striving, and joy is a means to make a holy life and striving fruitful. (Retreat 1934 – JK)

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20 Wednesday 2nd week of Lent

Let everything be open to God; turn to him in every situation (Gaudete et exsultate 15). 

Matthew 20:17-28 
`They will condemn him to death.’ 

God is everywhere. Consider what that means: God is everywhere not just with his being, but also through is knowledge and his skill. So I can go wherever I like, God is always there. He co-operates: I can’t move my hand, or speak, unless he co-operates. God is kindly and lovingly active everywhere with me. 

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19 Tuesday St Joseph Husband of Mary

The saints now in God’s presence preserve their bond of love and communion with us (Gaudete et exsultate 4).

Matthew 1:16. 18-21. 24 or Luke 2:41-51
 `Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.’ 

The way St Joseph appears in the Bible and in our own hearts, he is always the man who acts. He doesn’t say much, he acts. If we want to summarise his fundamental attitude, we would have to say that his whole life is an embodiment of the Our Father: Our Father, may your kingdom come – the Father’s kingdom. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Your will, the Father’s will! (19.3.1967 – JK)

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18 Monday 2nd week of Lent

The best way to discern if our prayer is authentic is to judge to what extent our life is being transformed in the  light of mercy. (Gaudete et exsultate 105)

Luke 6:36-38
‘Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.’ 

The experience of our own wretchedness also strengthens us to be patient with others. Through our own weaknesses and faults we learn to understand the weaknesses and wretchedness of others and evaluate them correctly. That is how God guides everything to our good. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)

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17 Second Sunday of Lent

The word ‘happy’ or. ‘blessed’ is synonymous for ‘holy’. (Gaudete et exsultate 64)

Luke 9:28-36
‘As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning.’

Today God is persecuted and slandered everywhere and we want to try once again to glorify him through what we are and do. … God, about whom the world today wants to know nothing, has called me … to follow the example of God made Man and glorify him through what I am and what I do. (Retreat 1937 – JK)

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16 Saturday 1st week of Lent

Being poor of heart: that is holiness (Gaudete et exsultate 70). 

Matthew 5:43-48 
‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’

Holiness does not consist in warm feelings. If God gives them, I can thank him, but I may not consider them the main thing. True holiness is childlike self-surrender. … If we willingly place ourselves at his disposal, he can do all sorts of things, but what he does is always for our best and his greater glory. (Retreat 1937 – JK)

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15 Friday 1st week of Lent

Nothing is more enlightening than turning to Jesus’ words and seeing his way of teaching the truth (Gaudete et exsultate 63). 

Matthew 5:20-26
`But I tell you anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.’ 

To start with, temptations and sins awaken a strong awareness in us that we are sinners, and hence deepen our humility. A noble-minded person feels hardly anything more humiliating than moral errors and lapses. Genuine humility urges us to trust in God’s mercy and his sacrifice on the Cross. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)

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14 Thursday 1st week of Lent

Saint Paul says that what truly counts is ‘faith working through love’ (Galatians 5:6) (Gaudete et exsultate 60)

The one who asks always receives.’ Matthew 7:7-12 ‘

Everyday saints know and love all forms of prayer. They adore God in humility and reverence, they praise his kindness and never tire of thanking for all his blessings and glories. Yet they never forget the prayer of intercession. Nothing can shake their conviction that the Heavenly Father will give them everything if it is good for them. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)

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12 Tuesday 1st week of Lent

Let everything be open to God: turn to him in ever situation. (Gaudete et exsultate 15).

‘And do not put us to the test, but save us from the evil one.’

Matthew 6:7-15

As the sunflower turns to the sun, so we turn heart and mind with great faith to you, Father. We see you standing quietly as a Father behind each event, we embrace you with glowing love, and go towards you filled with courage for sacrifice. (Heavenwards – JK)

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11 Monday 1st week of Lent

Holiness is, in the end, the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life. (Gaudete et exsultate – 15)

“For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.”

Matthew 25:31-46

Everyone who makes love the fundamental law of their lives will be drawn into the great river of love uniting the Father and the Son, because the bond uniting them is Love in Person: the Holy Spirit. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)