Saturday 2 April 2011

Lent Day Twenty Two

Today at Aylesford there will be a reflective time of prayer and the opportunity for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The prayer begins at 2pm in the Relic Chapel. All are welcome.

Thomas à Kempis: Silence and solitude
Set aside an opportune time for deep personal reflection, and think often about God's many benefits to you. Give up all light and frivolous matters, and read what inspires you to repentance of soul and not just what entertains the mind.
If you abstain from unnecessary conversation and useless visiting, as well as from listening to idle news and gossip, you will find sufficient and suitable time for your meditations. The great saints avoided the company of men as much as they could, because they wanted to live for God in silence. (The Imitation of Christ, Vantage) Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) was a priest whose writings stressed personal piety and the inner life.

The Third Week of Lent ~ Saturday

God of Mercy and Understanding,
I know that with help
I can open my heart more fully
to the mysteries of the suffering and death
of your son.
Help me to be humble in this journey
and remember that any mercy and compassion I feel
is a gift from you.
I await the joy of Easter with new longing and patience.

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