Friday, Lent V

“I have experienced many human weaknesses, many human frailties, and I still experience them. But we need to use them. We need to work for Christ with a humble heart, with the humility of Christ. He comes and uses us to be his love and compassion in the world in spite of our weaknesses and frailties.” ~St. Teresa of Calcutta

Thursday, Lent V

“Do not be despondent if you unexpectedly fall. The Lord may let us fall to teach us, to help us realize our own weakness so that with greater faith we would turn to the Almighty, Who is capable of filling our weakness with His Power. Taming the passions is the work of our whole life; in this warfare, we learn to see our absolute weakness and fragility, and the mighty power of God, Who can by a wave of His hand raise us from the abyss of sin and passions. The Lord may let us suffer much from both ourselves and our neighbor to help us acquire the divine virtue of humility.” ~Archimandrite John Krestiankin

Wednesday, Lent V

“Lord, grant us to imitate life in the heavens, so that we may also wish the same things that You do. So, help our tired mood that wishes to do Your will yet is hindered by body ailment. Reach out Your hand to those who are eager to run, but are forced to limp. The soul has wings but is weighed down by the flesh, she wishes to be agile towards the heavens yet is dragged towards secular things from the passions of the flesh. However, when Your help, my God, is at hand, that which is extremely impossible becomes possible. Therefore, may Your will also be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” ~St. John Chrysostom

Tuesday, Lent V

“The reason Lent is so long is that this path to the truth of oneself is long and snagged with thorns, and at the very end one stands alone before the broken body crowned with thorns upon the cross. All alone – with not one illusion or self-delusion to prop one up. Yet not alone, for the Spirit of Holiness, who is also the Spirit of Helpfulness, is beside you and me. Indeed, this Spirit has helped to maneuver you and me down that dark, steep path to this crucial spot.” ~Edna Hong

Monday, Lent V

“Meekness consists in praying calmly and sincerely for a neighbor, when it is that neighbor who causes us much turmoil.” ~Saint John Climacus

Saturday, Lent IV

O most holy Virgin, thou hast carried in thine arms the Creator, God made flesh. Stretch out those arms towards Him and entreat Him to deliver us from every passion, danger and temptations, for with love we praise thee and we cry aloud: Glory be to Him who dwelt in thee, glory be to Him who from thee came forth; glory be to Him who through thy childbearing has set us free. Amen

Friday, Lent IV

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. 

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. 

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen

Thursday, Lent IV

“God can save the sinner you are, but not the saint you pretend to be.”~Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

Wednesday, Lent IV

“The cross is the door to mysteries. Through this door the intellect makes entrance in to the knowledge of heavenly mysteries. The knowledge of the cross is concealed in the sufferings of the cross. And the more our participation in its sufferings, the greater the perception we gain through the cross. For, as the Apostle says, ‘As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.'” ~St. Isaac of Syria

Tuesday, Lent IV

“In the Gospel, Jesus explicitly admonishes the one who possesses and uses earthly riches only for self. In the face of the multitudes, who, lacking everything, suffer hunger, the words of Saint John acquire the tone of a ringing rebuke: “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help?” (1 Jn 3,17). In those countries whose population is majority Christian, the call to share is even more urgent, since their responsibility toward the many who suffer poverty and abandonment is even greater. To come to their aid is a duty of justice even prior to being an act of charity.” ~Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI