On this Saturday of Lent here’s a quote from Catherine de Hueck Doherty, one of Virginia’s favorite spiritual writers:
“Lent is a sea of God’s mercy, warm and quiet and inviting for us to swim in…but we say to ourselves, ‘if I enter into that sea of mercy and 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)
Here’s to entering the seas of God’s mercy this Lent with hearts open to be healed, hearts ready to share God’s merciful love with others.
grace, peace & merciful LOVE
Virginia : )
Photos: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania