|"I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a
sign of the covenant between me and the earth." (Genesis 9:13)
The whole life of Christ was a cross and a martyrdom, and dost thou
seek rest and joy? If thou carry the cross unwillingly, thou makest it a burden to thee.
If thou fling away one cross, without doubt thou shalt find another, perhaps a
...." (Thomas de Kempis -- Imitation of Christ).
Q: Why are Sundays excluded from the reckoning of the forty days?
A: Because Sunday is the day on which Christ arose, making it an inappropriate day to fast
and mourn our sins. On Sunday we must celebrate Christ's resurrection for our salvation.
It is Friday on which we commemorate his death for our sins. The Sundays of the year are
days of celebration and the Fridays of the year are days of penance.
Phone a long lost friend and relive old memories. Visit a sick person. Feed the
O Jesus, I withdraw in spirit with You into the desert; teach me how to fight
the triple concupiscence of the flesh, pride, and avarice.