Poetry and Readings for the Second Sunday of Lent

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You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbor: I am the Lord. You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

– Leviticus 19:15-18


May you always bear witness to the love of God in this world, so that the afflicted and the needy will find in you generous friends, and welcome you into the joys of heaven.

– Catholic Rite of Marriage


In order to possess what you do not possess you must go by the way of dispossession.

– T.S. Eliot


There are as many ways to pray, as there are moments in life. Sometimes you seek out a quiet spot and you want to be alone, sometimes you look for a friend and you want to be together. Sometimes you’d like a book or some music. Sometimes you want to sing with hundreds, sometimes only a whisper with a few. Sometimes you want to say it with words, sometimes with a deep silence.

In all those moments, you gradually make your life more a prayer and you open your hands to be led by God even to where you would rather not go.

– Henri Nouwen


Actually there are only two philosophies in life: one is first the feast and then the headache; the other is first the fast and then the feast. Deferred joys purchased by sacrifices are always the sweetest.

– Archbishop Fulton Sheen


Go and be reconciled.

– Jesus, Matthew 5:24


Incline us o God to think humbly of ourselves, to be saved only in the examination of our own conduct, to consider our fellow creatures with kindness, and to judge all they say and do with the charity which we would desire from them ourselves.

–Jane Austen