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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Lenten Devotionals

The recent unfortunate events at our beloved law school have, unfortunately, overshadowed some of the essentials of life. This past Wednesday began the penitential season of Lent. During this time we are called to recollect within ourselves how we have displeased Our Lord and, thus, it is a time to observe penitential practices in reparation for our many sins. In the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1438:

The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice. These times are particuluarly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fastingand almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works).

In order to aid in your penitential practices, I offer the following for your consideration. Mr. Michael Martin has done the Church a wonderful service in deepening the devotional life of Catholics through his Thesaurus Precum Latinarum:

Exercitium Viae Crucis de Sancto Alphonso Maria de Liguorio
Exercitium Sanctae Viae Crucis (for you Franciscan types)
Preces Stationum
Tempus Quadragesima (various prayers throughout all of Lent)

St. Augustine observed many years ago that the cause of strife among peoples and nations begins in the hearts of individual men. Where there is disorder in the soul, there is disorder in the family, in the community and in the world. Let us have the humility to admit that we have dirt on our face (Dies Cinerum); and let us go forth and spend this Lent as pauper et humilis.