Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!  Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance and, through contemplation, transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead Itself, so that you too may feel what friends feel in tasting the hidden sweetness that, from the beginning, God Himself has reserved for His lovers.  And after all who ensnare their blind lovers in a deceitful and turbulent world have been completely passed over, may you totally love Him Who gave Himself totally for your love, At Whose beauty the sun and the moon marvel, Whose rewards and their uniqueness and grandeur have no limits; I am speaking of Him, the Son of the Most High…

St. Clare of Assisi, “The Third Letter to Agnes of Prague,” 51

Scripture for the day: (I pray that) that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:16-21)

Lenten action for the day:  God is not a distant god.  He loves us so much, He drew near to us by becoming one of us.  Today, spend time with or contact a friend, perhaps one with whom you’ve fallen out of touch.  Reflect on how God’s friendship with you is closer than any other you might experience in this life.