12 April 5th Week of Lent
We are called to be holy by living out our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves (Gaudete et exsultate 14).
‘Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because 1 said, “I am God’s son”?’
There is a huge disparity between religion and life today. Many go to church, but they are not Christian. Church membership is not as important as living like a true Christian. … Grace must form noble human beings. Our lives must become a work of art. … People today do not believe words, they only believe in life, in example. (Retreat 1929 – JK)
11 April 5th Week of Lent
God is not afraid! He is fearless. He is always greater than our plans and schemes. Unafaid of the fringes, he himself became a fringe (Gaudete et exsultate 135).
‘I tell you the truth before Abraham was I am.’
We may imagine that our Lord, the Purest and Holiest, was afflicted with all the most hideous and foul sins, from the sin of Cain down to the last act of evil at the end of the world. No wonder that he sweated blood in his agony. … Yet whatever our Lord bore, he bore out of love for us. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)
10 April 5th Week of Lent
Grace acts in history; ordinarily it takes hold of us and transforms us progressively (Gaudete et exsultate 50).
‘I tell you the truth everyone who sins is a slave to sin.’
The true and genuine law of life is this: Grace does not destroy nature, it elevates and perfects it. … If I am living under the influence of grace, this does not absolve me from the duty to strive for genuine and noble humanity. Holiness must be synonymous with genuine, spontaneous and ennobles humanity. (Retreat 1929 – JK)
9 April 5th Week of Lent
Holiness makes us more human not less (Gaudete et exsultate 34).
‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man then you will know that I am he.’
When God draws us to himself, when he wants to have us for himself, we have to lose our own centre of gravity, we have to be uprooted from our own selves. However, the process of being rooted in him, in God, is long and arduous. … The soul feels God’s hammer and chisel very deeply as it develops, but it has to be de-tached and re-attached. … Only then do we become great. (Retreat 1930 – JK)
8 April 5th Week of Lent
Sooner or later we have to find our true selves and let the Lord enter.(Gaudete et exsultate 29).
‘I am the light of the world.’
If God is to reveal his formative power, his educational and formative power, his fatherly kindness, his fatherly riches, it is necessary for it to be awakened by a person’s ability to be formed, by human helplessness. … What does that mean in practice? Profound childlikeness is necessary on the part of the human person, otherwise God cannot develop his fatherliness. (Retreat 1937 – JK)
7 April 5th Sunday of Lent
Allow the Spirit to forge in you the personal mystery that can reflect Jesus Christ in today’s world (Gaudete et exsultate 23).
`Neither do I condemn you.’
In quiet hours, or even in only a few quiet minutes, let us consider: What do I really do all day? For example, I am happy that I am healthy and trace it back to God. I think of God and am happy that God is so good to me. … We have to savour God’s mercies in our lives. What does that mean? A mother is cooking a meal. She tastes it to make sure the soup is right. That is what I mean. … I savour God, because everything comes in some way from God. (19 May 1958 -JK)
6 April 4th Week of Lent
Ill-humour is no sign of holiness, “Remove vexation from your mind’ (Eccl 11:10). We receive so much from the Lord ‘for our enjoyment’ (1 Timothy 6:17), that sadness can be a sing of ingratitude (Gaudete et exsultate 126).
`Does not the scripture say that the Christ will come from David’s family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived.’
Practical life shows how often, when I have been struck by painful suffering. it proves afterwards how valuable this suffering was. Recently we heard how someone was very unlucky with his business. Soon afterwards he said: Thanks be to God that I was unlucky. Who knows how else I would have coped with my business? … Whatever the Heavenly Father sends, it is for the best. (5 May 1958 – JK)
5 April 4th Week of Lent
Humiliation makes you resemble Jesus, it is an unavoidable aspect of the imitation of Christ (Gaudete et exsultate 118).
John 7:1-2. 10. 25-30
‘I know him because I am from him and he sent me.’
Look at our Lady as our Lord hung on the Cross and bled to death. Humanly speaking it must have been very difficult for her. But on the other hand she was convinced that through this suffering the world would be redeemed and Almighty God infinitely glorified. So as the sword pierced her heart she could say: Vast as the ocean is my pain, but also: Vast as the ocean is my joy. (5 May 1958 – JK)
2 April 4th Week of Lent
See how the unguarded tongue is set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze (James 3:6), (Gaudete et exsultate 115).
`Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’
We know from experience how much in everyday life, especially the way we judge circumstances, things and people, depends on our standpoint. … This can only change if we adopt a neutral standpoint that broadens our narrow, selfish horizon and shows us their real greatness. … God becomes the measure of all things, including our evaluation and appreciation of the people around us. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)
1 April 4th Week of Lent
Humility does not mean walking around with eyes lower, not saying a word and fleeing from the company of others (Gaudete et exsultate 119).
John 4:43-54 `You may go, your son will live.’
Our humility must always be paired with trust. … If only we better understood to look at ourselves calmly and see so may miseries, weaknesses, failures and sins, and at the same time look up to our Almighty Merciful Father who only awaits our childlike and trusting request in order to help us because of Christ’s merits. … It is a glorification of his mercy and omnipotence. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)