Quit Trolling for Lent?

We live in an atmosphere polluted by too much verbal violence, too many offensive and harmful words, which are amplified by the internet… …Today, people insult each other as if they were saying ‘Good day.’ — Pope Francis

The Lamb of God

From the first chapter of St. John’s Gospel:

The next day [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness, “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

About the photo: A large crucifix taken by me in Spain. Jesus is the great physician: He saves from sin and damnation, but only if you earnestly desire it and live under His Kingship. Is that something you desire? Then follow His commands: love God and love your neighbour in tangible ways. — Fr. Robert Bengry

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Repentance

“To repent is not to look downwards at my own shortcomings, but upwards at God’s love, it is not to look backwards with self-reproach but forward with trustfulness, it is to see not what I have failed to be, but what by the grace of Christ I might yet become.”

St. John Climacus

Growing in holiness

Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer. When the Lord intends to bestow a particular virtue on us, He often permits us first to be tempted by the opposite vice. Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation to grow in a particular virtue and a promise by God that you will be successful, if only you stand fast.

St. Philip Neri

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Gladness

Thou hast put gladness in my heart since the time that their corn, and wine, and oil, increased. I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8–9

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The Resurrection

“Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered. God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed.” — Pope Benedict XVI

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Obedience and Docility.

Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him… I know very well that many defend themselves by boasting: “They are so corrupt, and work all manner of evil!” But God has commanded that, even if the priests, the pastors, and Christ-on-earth were incarnate devils, we be obedient and subject to them, not for their sakes, but for the sake of God, and out of obedience to Him.

—St. Catherine of Siena

 

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