Please fast and pray every Thursday for the renewal of the Catholic Church in America. Please note: The Cybersociety will fast on Fridays beginning January 2013, in accordance with ancient custom.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Return


"Set up waymarks for yourself, make yourself guideposts, consider well the highway, the road by which you went. Return, o virgin Israel, return to these your cities. How long will you waver...? (Jeremiah 31:21-22)

"As a corrupt and sinful heart had been the source of all the disobedience and chaos, so the re-created individual person, obedient from the heart, would be the only possible foundation for a new order of righteousness and a new covenant with God. There was no way forward except through a free and total forgiveness of sins, and Jeremiah pointed the way."-- (Maria Boulding, Gateway to Hope: an Exploration of Failure, p.49)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Grace in Exile


And there the Lord opened the sense of my unbelief that I might at last remember my sins and be converted with all my heart to the Lord my God....I cannot be silent about the great grace which the Lord has deigned to bestow upon me in the land of my captivity; for this I can give to God in return after having been chastened by Him, to exalt and praise His wonders before every nation anywhere under heaven. (The Confession of St. Patrick)

Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob, and have compassion on his dwellings; the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound, and the palace shall stand where it used to be. Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who make merry. (Jeremiah 30: 18-19)


Friday, March 13, 2015

Jeremiah, Patrick, and Exile


I will appoint over them four kinds of destroyers, says the Lord: the sword to slay, the dogs to tear, and the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.

Those who are for pestilence, to pestilence, and those who are for the sword, to the sword; those who are for famine, to famine, and those who are for captivity, to captivity. (Jeremiah 15:3,2)










"I am Patrick, a sinner, most unlearned, the least of all the faithful, and utterly despised by many. I was taken into captivity to Ireland
with many thousands of people and deservedly so, because we turned away from God, and did not keep His commandments, and did not obey our priests, who used to remind us of our salvation. And the Lord brought over us the wrath of his anger and scattered us among many nations, even unto the utmost part of the earth, where now my littleness is placed among strangers"--The Confession of Saint Patrick.





Friday, March 6, 2015

Repent


Hear and give ear, be not proud, for the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God before he brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the twilight mountains, and while you look for light he turns it into gloom and makes it deep darkness.--Jeremiah 13:15-16.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lenten Prophet


Correct me, O LORD, but in just measure; not in thy anger, lest thou bring me to nothing -- Jeremiah 10:24.
                     

Friday, February 20, 2015

Retreat Week: Fragment

Two monks...were caretakers;
they fed the pigeons,
and kept the hunting dogs in trim.
--Lawrence Durrell, The Greek Islands

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine


"We crave love. And we deceive ourselves again and again. Finally the day comes ...when we lift toward God the homage we ought never to have given elsewhere."
(George Sand, Lelia., tr. by M.J. Howe.)

"Amo quia amo, amo ut amem."
("I love simply because I love, and I love in order to love."--St. Bernard of Clairvaux)