Monday, March 5, 2012

We Do Not Journey Alone. By: C.C.

"Do not get upset about the dryness and coldness you are suffering; be consoled in the depths of your heart, remembering the words of our Lord, "How blest are the poor in spirit...Blest are they who hunger and thirst for holiness..." [Mt. 5:3-6] How happy you should be to serve God in the desert, without manna and without water, consoled only by the fact that He is guiding you and you are suffering for Him. " (St. Francis DeSales)
Lately I can not help but immerse myself in the writings and reflections of St. Francis DeSales. As I read today's quote I am drawn again to further reflect upon this season of Lent and what we are each being called to do. I recognize that despite the feelings and challenges we may be facing throughout this season we can find comfort in the words of our Lord. It is through focusing on the reason for our prayers, fasting, and daily sacrifices that we can be stronger in our journey throughout these coming days. The reason of course is Jesus Christ. It is a journey that invites us to purify our hearts, remove the barriers from within, and become aware of our need for a relationship with Jesus. However, it is crucial that we recognize how powerless we truly are without His help and guidance. We are not called to journey alone, but to remember that "He is guiding us", and that He is with us. Let us challenge ourselves during this Lenten season to push beyond our comfort zones, let us ask our Lord and Blessed Mother to guide us through this journey so that we may suffer for Him and glorify Him in all we do. Amen. (C.C.)

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