What you hold, may you hold

what you do, may you do and not stop

but with swift pace, light step, unswerving feet,

so that even your steps stir up no dust,

may you go forward securely, joyfully, and swiftly,

on the path of prudent happiness,

believing nothing,agreeing with nothing,

that would dissuade you from this commitment

or would place a stumbling block for you on the way

so that nothing prevents you from offering

your vows to the Most High in the perfection

to which the Spirit of The Lord has called you.

St. Clare of Assisi
“Second Letter to Agnes of Prague”, 48

Scripture for the day:  I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:  preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching…As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. (II Timothy 4:1-2, 5-8)

Lenten action for the day:  Pray that God would make you faithful to your commitments during Lent, and that on days when your vocation is difficult to carry out, He would give you strength.