First Sunday of Lent

Stational Church: S. Giovanni in Laterano

From The School of Jesus Crucified, concerning Judas:

You regard Judas with horror, and yet feel none at so often renewing his foul treason by your sins. “What will you give me, and I will deliver unto you Christ, and His grace, and His love, and His friendship,” is the language of your heart, when for some vile interest, deceitful hope, or forbidden pleasure, you betray Christ, your duty, and your own conscience. O unhappy merchant, you are indeed at once bereft of sense and of faith! Can the possession of anything in this world compensate for the loss of your soul, and of your God? But, oh, what detestable perfidy is yours! to sell your faithful Friend, your priceless Good, for a mere nothing! Now, at least, expiate your sins by tears of true repentance, and fall prostrate at the feet of Jesus, with the determination henceforth to love and esteem Him above every created object.

Here is the Tract from today’s Mass. Psalm 90 is a very well known devotion thanks to a particular song…Pray this psalm before Our Lord and then just remain in His Presence. You may have to read it a few times through. If you give God the time, He will hear you and will help you to hear Him in reply. Notice also when the dialogue switches at the end of the versicles, David, the psalmist, is speaking to us at first about God and then we hear God’s voice.


Ps 90:1-7, 11-16.

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

V. Say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in Whom I trust.

V. For He will rescue you from the snare of the fowler, from the destroying pestilence.

V. With His pinions He will cover you, and under His wings you shall take refuge.

V. His faithfulness is a buckler and a shield; you shall not fear the terror of the night.

V. Nor the arrow that flies by day; nor the pestilence that roams in darkness; nor the devastating plague at noon.

V. Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right side, near you it shall not come.

V. For to His angels He has given command about you, that they may guard you in all your ways.

V. Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

V. You shall tread upon the asp and the viper; you shall trample down the lion and the dragon.

V. Because he clings to Me, I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he acknowledges My name.

V. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in distress.

V. I will deliver him and glorify him; with length of days I will gratify him and will show him My salvation.

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