Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.
#218 ABIDING IN CHRIST
"In order to make myself like You, who on the altar are obedient to every priest, good or bad, I will obey promptly and will put myself in the hands of my superiors as a victim to be immolated, so that dying to all my own wishes, inclinations, passions, and repugnances, I can be disposed of by my superiors as they see fit, without showing any repugnance. And as Your life in the Blessed Sacrament is completely hidden from the eyes of creatures, who see nothing but the poor appearance of the bread, so I shall strive, for love of You, to live so hidden that I shall always be veiled under the ashes of humility, loving to be despised, and rejoicing to appear the poorest and most abject of all."
-St. Margaret Mary
From the Divine Office today, some thoughts.
Ps 102, II
You will arise and have mercy on Zion [heavenly kingdom, city of God, new Jerusalem, the Church]:
for this is the time to have mercy;
yes, the time appointed has come
for your servants [those who love you, Lord, and obey you] love her very stones [those, O Lord, who do not love you, possessing hearts of stone, for whom you died none the less, commanding us to love them as You do],
are moved with pity even for her dust [dust you are, and to dust you shall return, O carnal, earthly man; lift up your heart to the Lord, we beg the Lord assist you].
the Lord shall build up Zion again,
and appear in all his glory.
Then he will turn to the prayers of the helpless [no man in a state of grace is helpless, but rather the one who stands outside of God's grace];
he will not despise their prayers [even the fallen man, without grace, is still drawn inexorably to truth and goodness, seeking it by nature, the Holy Spirit praying for him as he knows not how].
Let this be written for ages to come
that a people yet unborn [not yet baptized] may praise the Lord;
that he might hear the groans of the prisoners [captive in sin]
and free those condemned to die [the unregenerated].
But you neither change, nor have an end. [Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow]