Skip to comments.Lent 2010: Pierce Thou My Heart, Love Crucified [Catholic Caucus]
Posted on 02/17/2010 8:42:08 AM PST by mlizzy
Joel 2:12-18 Psalm 50:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14, 15 2 Corinthians 5:20 -- 6:2 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Ash Wednesday addresses the heart. Ashes are sprinkled on our heads, but Lent is lived in the heart. God wants pierced hearts. God looks for the broken heart. "Even now," says the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments" (Jl 2:12-13). Paradoxically, in order to give God one's whole heart, it must first be pierced and broken. This is what we mean when we speak of compunction and contrition.
The traditional Lenten disciplines -- fasting and abstinence, almsgiving, silence, keeping vigil, and increasing the time devoted to lectio divina each day -- are not ends in themselves. They are the tried and true means by which one arrives at having a pierced and broken heart, at some measure of compunction and contrition.
1. Fasting and abstinence help to crack the heart's stony shell; hunger makes one vulnerable. But here is the catch: Our Lord would have us fast as if we were feasting. One of the fruits of fasting is spiritual joy. Fasting cleanses and refines the palate of the soul, making it possible to "taste and see that the Lord is sweet" (Ps 33:9). "When you fast do not look dismal . . . anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you" (Mt 6:16-17). The fasting pleasing to Our Lord makes the face cheerful and lifts up the heart.
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Will also be posted on the Daily Readings thread when I get to it.
You are welcome. Whenever I need to be lifted, I go to Fr. Kirby’s site. He’s so incredibly illuminating.