Saturday of the Third Week of Lent
March 10, 2018
Readings of the day: RB 32 The Tools and Property of the MonasteryMass: Ho 6:1-6; Resp Ps 51; Lk 18:9-14
Jesus addressed this parable to those whowere convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.
There is nothing more dangerous, nor more hideous, than spiritual pride. It is a very subtle thing, and it can all too easily creep into our lives. When we despise others, think we are superior, feel satisfied with our spiritual effort—these are manifestations of spiritual pride.(A. Hume, To Be a Pilgrim: A Spiritual Notebook, p. 69)O GOD, BE MERCIFUL TO ME A SINNER.
I cannot think of any prayer which we can so easily make our own. However burdened we may be by our past sins, or by our present difficulties, however much we may feel ourselves to be failures, and failures in God’s eyes, we can always pray: ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner’.(Hume, pp. 69-70)If we dedicate more time to prayer, our hearts will reveal the lies with which we deceive ourselves, and we will find true consolation in God.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, 03/10/18)You too can become witnesses of the mercy of God,which is a call for everyone to recognize the beauty and joy of being loved by Him.
(Pope Francis to the Association ‘Fontaine de la Miséricorde’, 03/10/18)