Semper Quaerens

Overcoming the Scandal of the Passion

From the Office of Readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent:

The Lord revealed his glory in the presence of chosen witnesses, and made that form of his body which he shared with other men shine with such splendour that his face was as bright as the sun, and his clothes became as white as snow.

By changing his appearance in this way he chiefly wished to prevent his disciples from feeling scandalized in their hearts by the cross. He did not want the disgrace of the passion, which he freely accepted, to break their faith. This is why he revealed to them the excellence of his hidden dignity.

From the sermons of Pope St Leo the Great.

A Deep Dichotomy

From the Office of Readings for Saturday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time:

The modern world shows itself at one and the same time both powerful and weak, capable of the noblest deeds or of the foulest. Before it lies the path to freedom or to slavery, to progress or decline, to brotherhood or hatred. Moreover, man is becoming aware that the forces which he has unleashed are in his own hands, and that he himself must either control them or be enslaved by them. That is why he is putting questions to himself.

The dichotomy affecting the modern world is, in fact, a symptom of the deeper dichotomy that is in man himself.

From the Constitution of the Second Vatican Council on the Church in the Modern World.

It was true when the document (also known by its Latin title Gaudium et Spes) was written in the 1960s; it remains true today at the nascent years of the 21st century.

Oh Dear…

A tweet found on newsfeed this morning (it had been retweeted by someone I follow – I don’t and wouldn’t follow the original tweeter) brought a laugh to my lips…

Because this particular tweeter knows nothing about political correctness, nor freedom of speech…nor truth, enlightenment, justice, etc.

The Example of Christ

From the Office of Readings for Friday of the 1st Week of Lent:

The highest type of brotherly love is to love our enemies and there is no greater encouragement to do this than the remembrance of the wondrous patience exercised by him who, fairest of the sons of men, offered his gracious face to be spat upon by his enemies. All creation is ruled by a glance from his eyes and yet he allowed them to be blindfolded by wicked men. Hi body he exposed to scourging and, although his head strikes fear in the principalities and powers, he bowed it to the pain of the crown of thorns. He submitted himself to insults and finally gave us an example by enduring in peace with gentleness, patience and meekness, the cross, the nails, the lance, the vinegar and gall. Then as a sheep he was led to the slaughter and, like a lamb before his shearer, he remained silent and did not open his mouth.

From the book of St Aelred The Mirror of Charity.

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