“Does our outward appearance accurately portray our inner attitude? In some measure, the disciplines of Lent—prayer, fasting, almsgiving—help us to bring these two closer together. But we need to be mindful that we don’t take this too far. If we find ourselves doing these things for the praise we might get from others for our holiness, it’s time to step back and examine our motives and priorities. What we are is more important than what we seem to be.”

-from Lent With St. Francis: Daily Reflections

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“In tribulation immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.”

— St. John of the Cross

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“From the natural point of view we come to know God from the vestiges of Himself that He has left in the splendors of the visible universe: the blazing red sunset, the snow-covered mountain peaks, the graceful flight of a bird, the breathtakingly magnificent complexity of a single living cell. On a still more exalted level we know Him in the loveliness of the saints – but it remains a knowledge of the infinite through the finite.”

— Fr. Thomas Dubay

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