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Indeed, it is now clear that the soul of a faithful person, the most worthy of all creatures because of the grace of God, is greater than heaven itself, since the heavens and the rest of creation cannot contain their Creator; only a faithful soul is His dwelling place and throne, and this only through the charity that the wicked lack.  The Truth says: Whoever loves me will be loved by My Father, and I too shall love him, and We shall come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.

St. Clare of Assisi, “The Third Letter to Agnes of Prague,” 52

Scripture for the day:  O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.  You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;  it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit?  Or where shall I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, you are there!  If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,  even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.  For you formed my inward parts;  you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works;  my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  (Psalm 139:1-10, 13-15)

Lenten action for the day: We are made in God’s image and likeness.  This implies that we all have a deep connection to God, and therefore, inherent worth and dignity.  Treat others that you come in contact with respect for the value they hold in God’s eyes.

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O how glorious it his to have a holy and great Father in heaven! O how holy, consoling to have such a beautiful and wonderful Spouse! O how holy and how loving, gratifying, humbling, peace-giving, sweet, worthy of love, and above all things, desirable:  to have such a Brother and such a Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who down His life for His sheep…

St. Francis of Assisi, Earlier Exhortation to the Brothers and Sisters of Penance, (42)

Scripture for the day: What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:12-14)

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

Lenten action for the day: We all stray at times.  This Lenten season, seek to follow Christ more closely, being aware of shepherds who seek to lead you from the path of Christ.

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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.