On this cold Lenten Wednesday, here are a few thoughts from Catherine Doherty (a favorite writer & spiritual heroine) that encourage us to immerse our hearts in the warm seas of God’s mercy.
St. Christopher’s, Seabrook Island, SC
“Lent is a sea of God’s mercy, warm & quiet and inviting for us to swim in… but we say to ourselves, ‘if I enter into that sea of mercy & I am healed, I will be sort of bound to practice that which Christ preaches, His law of love…
It will mean that if I seek mercy, I will have to dish out mercy; I have to be merciful to others.’ …Lent is here to remind us that the mercy of God is ours, provided we embrace that which He has given us to embrace – His law of love – provided we realize that it’s going to hurt and hurt plenty, but the very hurting will be healing.
That is the strangeness and paradox of God: that while you hurt, you heal.”
Catherine Doherty (Grace in Every Season)
grace, peace & mercy-filled seas
Virginia : )
Wow, not easy to understand or read…but beautiful…
It may take a few read-throughs, but in the process maybe a little splashing in the seas of God’s mercy will lead to swimming free-stroke. 🏊♀️☀️🏊♀️
Catherine is one of my spiritual mentors along the way. I love the community of Madonna House Apostolate in Combermere, Ontario. I go every summer for a few days there. It’s such a blessing! Thank you for sharing Virginia! God bless! 🙏💖🌹
Wow, Patty, what a blessing to visit the Madonna House – & multiple times!! Catherine’s writings have been close companions since the early 1990s – inspiring me to keep going in some challenging places. Blessings to you – 🙏🌷🙏
I do admire your strong faith in God – you are blessed indeed Virginia and thanks for the share!
Hey GH – that means a lot! I admire all you are doing for your parents (& that you can keep your sense of humor while doing it!) Hugs!! 🤗💜🤗
Aww thanks! It is my filial duty to do so.😊😚
Such a truth… if we go to God for His mercy and love… we need also to recognize our need to reach out to others hoping for understanding and healing and perhaps reconciliation… (sometimes it does hurt… ‘the trying’) Diane