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I admonish and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ all my sisters, both those present ant those to come, to strive always to imitate the way of holy simplicity, humility and poverty and also the integrity of our holy way of living, as we were taught from the beginning of our conversion by Christ and by our blessed father Francis…And loving one another with the love of Christ, may you demonstrate without in your deeds the love you have within so that, compelled by such an example, the sisters may always grow in the love of God and in mutual charity.

St. Clare of Assisi, “the Testament,” 64

Scripture for the day:  We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.  By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.  By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. (I John 3:14-20)

Lenten action for the day:  Follow the example of Christ by demonstrating love with your actions.  Verbalize and demonstrate your affection for someone today through words and gestures of love.

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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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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.