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Lenten Meditations: Thursday 21 February

Thur
Feb 21
am: Ps 50, 59, 60
pm:  19, 46
Deut 9:23-10:5
Heb 4:1-10
John 3:16-21
 
FIRST THURSDAY OF LENT – Peter Damian, Monk and Reformer 1021
 
LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: On the calendar in the Latin Rite is commemorated a very interesting person in Saint Peter Damian, the Doctor of Reform and Renewal. The church went through its own 'dark ages'. Peter helped stamp out Simony and other scandals. God's grace empowered him to usher in immense reform. He was Camaldolese monk, who followed a strict rule of St Benedict. He started a reform with the expansion of his Order and enforced strict guidelines for the clergy everywhere with the authority given to him. He taught that every person be regarded as the whole church and he strove mightily in helping others in works of charity.
 
MEDITATION OF THE DAY : In the Daily Office Lesson from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we are reminded that we belong to a  God who gives life to the dead. This promise and hope is revealed in its fullness in Christ Jesus. The tradition of the church holds that it is also revealed in the stories of some of the servants of God. Peter Damian can be considered one of those figures. St. Paul reminds us that spiritual reform and renewal are indispensable and essential dimensions to the Christian life and that God calls for the sanctification for each of God's creatures. Thanks to people like Peter Damian the church has demonstrated that while it has moments that it may lapse it also has moments where what Paul is talking of the church has evidenced implementing such spiritual efforts.
 
PRAYER OF THE DAY: Lord, We are Your people, the sheep of Your flock. Heal the sheep who are wounded, Touch the sheep who are in pain, Clean the sheep who are soiled, Warm the lambs who are cold. Help us to know the Father's love through Jesus the Shepherd and through His Spirit. Help us to lift up that love, and show it all over this land. Renew us that we may renew the face of the earth.AMEN
 
LENTEN DISCIPLINE – Take the 40 days of peace pledge at http://www.40daysofpeace.org/40daysofpeacepledge . Consider this as a covenant in the spirit of trying to be an agent of renewal in the world.
 
ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:  “There is no justification without sanctification, no forgiveness without renewal of life, no real faith from which the fruits of new obedience do not grow.”– Martin Luther

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