With the return of that season marked out in a special way by the mystery of our redemption, and of the days that lead up to the paschal feast, we are summoned more urgently to prepare ourselves by a purification of spirit. The whole Church rejoices in the forgiveness of sins. It rejoices in the forgiveness not only of those who are then reborn in holy baptism but also of those who are already numbered among God’s adopted children. Read this reflection from a sermon by Pope Saint Leo the Great.
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. May we one day be able to say with her: “Yes, I have found my place in the Church and it is you, O my God, who have given me this place. In the heart of the Church, my mother, I shall be love. Thus I shall be everything, and thus my dream will be realized.”
[Excerpt from Story of a Soul by St. Thérèse of Lisieux]
God is faithful. He does not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
[Excerpt from a sermon on pastors by Saint Augustine.]