Friday Fish First Week of Lent

 I have just a few catches in the Net today seeing as how we are supposed to be 

fasting, but there's still plenty of flesh on these to nourish us.

The Summons
Words: John L. Bell and Graham Maule,


 Pope Benedict's Lenten message to us all here
                                      focuses on this passage from Hebrews :
“Let us be concerned for each other,
to stir a response in love and good works” (Heb 10:24)

  He says that often we can have great "indifference and disinterest born of selfishness and masked as a respect for 'privacy.'" In the end, though, we cannot "pass by" the troubled; we are summoned to them. We belong to one another. 

 So much suffering in our world stems from forgetting we all belong together!

Listening to the world news today and its endless strife of war and conflict in so many parts of the world I'm also aware that Jesus said I want mercy, not sacrifice.

Etty Hillesum, less famous than her contemporary, Anne Frank, lived a short life of great courage. She was born in 1914 in the Netherlands to a Dutch father and a Russian mother. She studied law, Slavic languages, and psychology. 

Hungry for knowledge, she cut down on food in order to buy books. She went voluntarily to the Westerbork camp to help fellow Jews interned by the Nazis.

 Her letters detail her experiences; her more meditative diary focuses on issues of faith. She died at Auschwitz in 1943.

In his book, Eleven Modern Mystics, Victor M. Parachin includes the following quotes by Etty Hillesum:

I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply moulding one's inner life. And that too is a deed.

We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies.

Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. 

And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.

The externals are simply so many props; everything we need is within us.
Suffering has always been with us, does it really matter in what form it comes? All that matters is how we bear it and how we fit it into our lives.

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