8 Friday after Ash Wednesday
Happiness is a paradox; we experience it most whe we accept the mysterious logic which is not of this world (Gaudete et exsultate 174).
`How is that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ Matthew 9:14-15
Just as a bird can’t fly with one wing, so the soul can’t arrive at genuine and generous love of God with prayer alone. If we want to come as deeply as possible into God’s heart, we have to strengthen and use the second wing: Discipline. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)
7 Thursday after Ash Wednesday
I do not believe in holiness without prayer (Gaudete et exsultate 147)
‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me.’Luke 9:22-2
St Augustine remarked that if we carry out our duties during the day out of love for God, and in dependence on God, and express this here and there through a brief prayer, we will have prayed all day. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)
6 Ash Wednesday
God created us for happiness; he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created (Gaudete et exsultate I).
Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.'
God is in me, he looks at me as I work, he gives me strength to do it. That is why I am so happy! (Everyday Sanctity – JK)