The liturgical season of Lent begins today. A meditation offered to the Church of Marseilles by Saint Eugene:

The purpose [of Lent] is especially to dispose souls to participate in the great mystery of the resurrection of the God-Man, by having them pass through the penitent and sorrowful path he himself has traced, by having them go up with him to Calvary and to spiritually go down with him into the grave, to be reborn with him to the new life he has gained by his victory over hell, sin and death. () In this way we will be like him, living, suffering and dying with him in this passing day of suffering and trial, resurrecting, triumphing and reigning with him in the eternal day of glory. ()

It is to have us practice this union of spirit and heart with Jesus Christ that the Church calls us to live these holy forty days before arriving at the Passover. So we withdraw with him into the desert, we pray, we fast, we resist the temptations with him, we soon follow him to endure in spirit the work, the fatigue and the contradictions of his public life. In the night we will be together on the mountain to collect the fruit of his prayers, and during the day, we will witness his miracles, which show his mercy as much as his lovely person by a bond of love, moved by his inexhaustible charity, his infinite love for men; we will hear his divine word with reverence and, like Mary, his holy Mother, we shall ponder it in our hearts (Lk 2: 19); we fill ourselves with the feelings of our Redeemer, we are lead by the inspirations of His love, we make our soul like his, until he himself is formed in us (Gal 4: 19); we share his humble, penitent and laborious life and we are conformed to His image, which is endlessly reproduced before our eyes, so that he becomes for us the firstborn of many brothers, and so that after being called and justified we might be glorified (Rom 13: 29-30).

(Eugene de Mazenod, Lenten Pastoral Letter 1846)

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Eugene de Mazenod

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