Sunday, February 10, 2013
The Joy of Lent
Think of it. Conviction! Correction! Mortification! Recognition of faults and failings! Oh, surely it must be time for the Dance of Joy!
No, I'm not being sarcastic. Not in the slightest. Nor have I lost my senses. I suspect it's much more likely that I've found them.
I have enough sense to know that joy is not what 'the world' equates with pleasure, entertainment, success. I have enough sense to know that repentance and acceptance of God's forgiveness brings a joy like no other. I have enough sense to know that Our Lord saved me by His death and resurrection. That realization alone should send me dancing.
By the sheer grace of God, this year I have the good sense to run toward the genuine joy of Lent.
'Be merry, really merry. The life of a true Christian should be a perpetual jubilee, a prelude to the festivals of eternity.' Theophane Venard
'Count it pure joy when you are involved in every sort of trial. Realize that when your faith is tested, this makes for endurance. Let endurance come to its perfection so that you may be fully mature and lacking in nothing.' James 1:2-4
'In God alone is the primordial and true delight, and in all our delights it is this delight that we are seeking.' St. Bonaventure
'Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God.' St. Isidore
Laurel and Hardy Dancing illustration in public domain.
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