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Live Lent by means of your little sacrifices...
February 15, 2013
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! Today I call you to live Lent by means of your little sacrifices. Thank you for every sacrifice you have brought me. Dear children, live that way continuously, and with your love help me to present the sacrifice. God will reward you for that. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 13, 1986)
Our Lady tells us that every sacrifice, every suffering accepted with love is redemptive. She will take our sacrifices and present them to God, who will reward us for them. What is the reward, we may wonder? I believe it is the salvation of others. In heaven we will meet the souls who were snatched from perdition because of our sacrifices. Oh what joy will be shared then!
As we go our way of the cross this Lent, this thought should fill us with joy! Here is a prayer composed by Caryll Houselander for the 2nd station of the Way of the Cross. This prayer echoes Our Lady's message, and fills me with great joy and courage!
Jesus Receives His Cross
let me receive the cross gladly;
let me recognize Your cross in mine,
and that of the whole world in Yours.
Do not let me shut my eyes
to the magnitude of the world's sorrow
or to the suffering of those nearest to me.
Do not let me shrink from accepting my share
in that which is too big for me,
and do not let me fail in sympathy
for that which seems trivial.
Let me realize
that because You have made my suffering Yours
and given it the power of Your love,
it can reach everyone, everywhere -
those in my own home,
those who seem to be out of my reach -
it can reach them all
with Your healing and Your love.
Let me always remember
that those sufferings
known only to myself,
which seem to be without purpose
and without meaning,
are part of Your plan
to redeem the world.
Make me patient to bear the burdens
of those nearest at hand,
to welcome inconvenience for them,
frustration because of them.
Let me accept their temperaments as they are,
nurse them in sickness,
share with them in poverty,
enter into their sorrows with them.
Teach me to accept myself -
my own temperament,
the humiliation of being myself, as I am.
Allow me, Lord,
all my life long
to accept both small suffering
and great suffering,
certain that both,
through your love,
are redeeming the world.
And in communion with all men,
and above all with You,
let me accept joyfully,
death and the fear of death -
and the deaths of those whom I love -
not with my will but with Yours,
knowing that you
have changed sorrow to joy,
and that You have changed
death to life.
(Caryll Houselander. "The Way of the Cross". Liguori Publications. 2002. P.14-15)
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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