the lengthening

From the Old English lencten, "lengthening". The returning of light to the world in spring, the lengthening of days. Lent.

“ Father, we praise you for your goodness. Thank you for bringing us together and for supporting us in our marriage. Help us to trust. Help us to overcome any barriers to trusting each other. Give us courage, compassion, hope, wisdom and persistence. Give us an open heart so that we might truly hear and see the pain that our spouse is experiencing and have the courage of self-sacrificing love to ease their burdens. We ask this through Jesus, our Lord. Amen. ”

— Prayer Book for Spouses

“ Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to know that God is the rock at the bottom ”

“ Think of yourself just as a seed patiently waiting in the earth: waiting to come up a flower in the Gardener’s good time, up into the real waking. I suppose that our whole present life, looked back on from there, will seem only a drowsy half-waking. We are here in the land of dreams. But cock-crow is coming. ”

— C.S. Lewis, letter to Mary Willis Shelburne, 28 June 1963 (Letters, vol. 3, p. 1434)

upholding hand, by: s.k.

“ You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run. ”

— Saint Augustine, Confessions  

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“ It is obedience that welcomes the seed of the Word, patience that makes it fruitful, perseverance that reaps it. ”

— Blessed Isaac of Stella 

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“ We are losing our ability to weep over human suffering, cruelty and injustice. “It’s not my concern,” we assure ourselves. This numbing of conscience is facilitated by an individualistic culture of well-being, which allows us to think only of ourselves. ”

— Archbishop Paul S. Coakley (Oklahoma City)

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“ White is a colour. It is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black … And one of the two or three defiant verities of real Christianity is exactly this same thing; the chief assertion of religious morality is that white is a colour.

Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.

Mercy does not mean not being cruel or sparing people revenge or punishment; it means a plain and positive thing like the sun, which one has either seen or not seen.

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.

In a word, God paints in many colours, but he never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white. ”

— G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

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Takashi Nagai was an amazing man: a convert to Catholicism and survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. After the bomb that killed thousands, including Nagai’s beloved wife, Nagai, then Dean of Radiology at Nagasaki University, threw himself into service to the countless victims, even though it meant deadly exposure to the radiation which eventually would cause his own death. Even as he was dying he wrote powerful books exploring the Christian message of love and forgiveness.

“ God will never waste our time, because time was never ours to begin with. ”

— Jarrid Wilson 

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Jesus is calling us for who we are. We don’t have to be ready. We just need to be willing.

“ Catholic-bashers frequently accuse the Catholic religion of promoting a childish narrative of good and evil that is immune to factual evidence. Yet they do precisely the same, in the service of their fashionable and irrational new religion of anti-Catholicism. ”

— Brendan O’Neill (an atheist)

Wow. This article is a must-read. 

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