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Awesome exegesis on why we must do penance for others March 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Lent, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

From Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year (reading for Friday in Lenten Ember Week – I pray you had a good one!), a really good explanation for spiritual works of mercy for others:

Let us not forget the ancient discipline of the Church, during Lent.  We should frequently be at a loss to understand Her liturgy of this season, unless we picture Her to ourselves as preparing the public penitents for a renewed participation in the mysteries. But first they must be reconciled with God, whom they have offended. Their soul is dead by sin’ can it be restored to life? Yes’; we have God’s word for it. The lesson from the prophet Ezechiel, which the Church began yesterday for the catechumens, is continued today for the benefit of the public penitents. IF the wicked do penance for all his sins, which he hath committed, and keep all My Commandments, and do judgement and justice; living he shall live, and shall not die.  But his iniquities are upon him, and rise up against him, crying to Heaven for eternal vengeance! And yet God, who knows all things, and forgets nothing, assures us that He will not remember iniquities which have been redeemed by penance. Such is the affection of His fatherly Heart, that He will forget the outrage offered Him by His son, if this son will but return to his duty.

Thus, then, our penitents are to be reconciled; and on the feast of the Resurrection they will be associated with the just, because God will have forgotten their iniquities; they themselves will be just men. Thus it is that the Liturgy, which never changes,  [Ummm……until 1965, that is.  I think Dom Gueranger would be most dismayed] brings frequently before us the ancient discipline of public penance.  Nowadays, sinners are not visibly separated from the faithful; the Church doors are not closed against them; they frequently stand near the holy altar, in the company of the just; and when God’s pardon descends upon them, the faithful are not made cognizant of the Grace by any special and solemn rite. Let us here admire the wonderful mercy of our Heavenly Father, and profit by the indulgent discipline of our Holy Mother the Church. The lost sheep may enter the fold at any hour and without any display; let him take advantage of the condescension thus shown him,a nd never more wander form the Shepherd, who thus mercifully receives him.

Neither let the just man be puffed up with self-complacency, by preferring himself to the lost sheep: let him rather reflect on those words of today’s lesson: “If the just man turn himself away from his justice, and do iniquity….the justices which he hath done shall not be remembered.” Let us, therefore, tremble for ourselves, and have compassion on sinners.  One of the great means on which the Church rests her hopes for the reconciliation of sinners is the fervent prayers offered up for them by the faithful during Lent. 

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Such a powerful conclusion!  The Church rests her hopes on us, on our prayers for the reconciliation of sinners!  And perhaps for much more!  Perhaps we see here the duty incumbent on all of us to cooperate with Grace not only for the sanctification of ourselves, not even for the restoration of the Church we love so much, but for the restoration of the triumph of Faith and reason in the entire culture!

Yes, it can seem overwhelming at times.  How can a small band of faithful Catholics possibly make up for all the enormous cesspool of sin the world is awash in at this moment?  The point is, we can’t, but God can, if we allow Him to work through us.  And that is a great Lenten work, as Dom Prosper Gueranger notes.

Dominus vobiscum!



1. AdorationRocks - March 17, 2014

Adoring fits well into my schedule, and sometimes I think I’m doing some good for the Church by doing so, but then I’ll happen upon someone who catches me by their holy nature, and wonder if I’m doing anything much at all. One such woman I came upon a couple of weeks ago. She was obviously suffering in some way and it was severe. She was sitting in the pew, but almost in a fetal position as she clutched her rosary so tightly in her clasped hands, like one would a lifeline when they were in a whirlpool of death. And as severely as she held on, she also kissed Jesus on the Cross with such sweetness and softness, I had to sit down quickly to wipe my eyes. BXVI has said, “[Adoration] is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.” This woman could have been the poster child for his exhortation. I can only imagine how many sinners she saved that day.

2. M.P. - March 18, 2014

May I recommend the parish program from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception called Consoling the Heart of Jesus?

And I find standing at an abortion mill during the 40 Days for Life to be a very penitential act of reparation for my own sins and for others.

3. mariaangelagrow - March 19, 2014

Reblogged this on mariaangelagrow.

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