ALAS, ALAS! UNTIL DAYBREAK, UNTIL THE RISING OF THE FRIGHTFUL SUN, SHELTERED UNDER HOPE’S HIGHEST PEAK, CIRCLES OVER THE ABYSS IN OUR TORN HANDS?  From down below, the dismal multitude is calling out to us with its neighing.  At the bottom of ourselves there is the refuse of thirty years, in full rot…The divine glance has settled upon us, so firm and yet so tender…: we must either break our bonds or die.

My dear boy:  I write this with the anguish of hope, shaken with sobs at the foot of the cross.  The only thing we have left by way of strength–and this one thing we have in abundance, lavished, squandered, thrown up with full hands–goes by the name of agony.  Do you get the picture?  I am the weakest of all, the most unstable, the most cowardly–a slave–and, if anyone, it’s I who shall have to crawl along the long, the very long road, with my sensitivity flayed alive, until I reach him! (by Georges Bernanos-(1948) was a renowned French author.


ATTEND TO THE pleas of your people with heavenly care, O Lord, we pray, that they may see what must be done and gain strength to do what they have seen. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  from the Collect-of the Mass, Thursday, Jan.15.


“We have become partners of Christ if only we hold the beginning of the reality firm until the end.”  This truth is what moves the leper to beg before Jesus: “IF YOU WISH, YOU CAN MAKE ME CLEAN.” The leper recognizes in Christ his Maker–the beginning of his reality.  When we claim partnership with Christ in this way, Jesus is mover to pity. (Magnificat)

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