March 4, 2012: The Second Sunday of Lent

March 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

On Sundays in Lent, this blog will adopt a different approach. Instead of a devotional reading of Scripture, you will find a quote from the Christian classic, The Imitation of Christ. These passages will be selected to go along with the themes of Lent: fasting, repentance, prayer, and service. Our faith is one of action; allow these selections and the Holy Spirit to move you accordingly.

“What do you [O Lord] especially demand of a guilty and wretched sinner, except that he be contrite and humble himself for his sins? In true sorrow and humility of heart hope of forgiveness is born, the troubled conscience is reconciled, grace is found, man is preserved from the wrath to come, and God and the penitent meet with a holy kiss.

“To You, O Lord, humble sorrow for sins is an acceptable sacrifice, a sacrifice far sweeter than the perfume of incense. This is also the pleasing ointment which You would have poured upon Your sacred feet, for a contrite and humble heart You have never despised. Here is a place of refuge from the force of the enemy’s anger. Here is amended and washed away whatever defilement has been contracted elsewhere.”

Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ: “A Man Ought Not to Consider Himself Worthy of Consolation, But Rather Deserving of Chastisement.” Translated by Aloysius Croft and Harold Bolton. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004.

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