Now the annual challenge presents itself. What will I do for Lent? The Psalmist advises us: “Busy not yourself with great things, things beyond your reach” Pope Francis reminds us that Jesus asked his disciples to pay attention to details - the little details:
that wine was running out at a party
of noticing that one sheep was missing
of noticing the widow who offered two small coins
of having spare oil for the lamps should the groom delay
of asking the disciples how many loaves of bread they had
We are not ordinarily called to do significant things each day, but to do simple things, but always with Jesus in mind. May I give some examples?
ten minutes of complete silence each day: “Be still and know that I am God”
visits to the Blessed Sacrament, if only brief
take prayerful notice of God’s beauty in nature
dust off the New Testament
Sunday Mass: review readings at home; get to church 10 minutes earlier
daily prayers: Sign of the Cross, Our Father, etc, performed more deliberatively and reflectively
attend somehow to a poor or lonely person
sacramentals in the house? Be more prayerfully conscious of them as you pass by
a daily prayer with spouse and family (family Rosary?)
seek to heal estranged relationships, whether involving yourself or others
a daily prayer for members of the Order facing difficulties
Surely, you will not do all of these each day: choose one or two, step by step, and you will undoubtedly come up with others, more suited to your routine.
Saint Anselm’s advice:
“Insignificant man, escape from your everyday business for a short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God and rest a while with him.”
A successful Lenten Pilgrimage to all!
Edwin Cardinal O'Brien
This weekend’s deliberations called by the Holy Father include representatives from all the Episcopal Conferences in the world to discuss and hopefully to find steps forward to address the plague of the abuse of children and vulnerable adults by Catholic clergy.
I earnestly ask every member of our Order to see it as an obligation to pray for guidance for our Holy Father and all the participants in this “Vatican Summit.”
The problem should be admitted and recognized throughout the Church Universal, justice must be a priority both in addressing the deep wounds of those victimized and in calling our Church leaders to greater accountability in the foreseeable future.
I ask for your prayers with great urgency.
Cardinal Edwin O'Brien
Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre
Følgende riddere er blevet udnævnt til rang af Vice General Guvernør:
H.E. P. Thomas POGGE, KGCHS, tidligere statholder for USA Northern Lieutenancy
S.E. le Chev.Gr.Cr. Jean-Pierre Marie de GLUTZ-RUCHTI, tidligere statholder i det schweiz statholderskab
Det er med stolthed og stor glæde at vores medlem H. E. Ambassadør Prof. Dr. Bo J. Theutenberg, KGCHS, nu er det medlem af Grand Magisterium med højeste anciennitet.
Det er muligt at se Stormagistratens ledelse og sammensætning på denne side (her).