by Catherine Doherty.
Indeed living the Gospel is hard, but God will give us strength. Everything can be borne between two Masses.
If every morning we can eat the Bread of the saints, we will be able to face any kind of day. Our minds and hearts will be nourished by the Word of God. The voice of the psalmist and the warm tones of the voice of God will give us courage and new hope. Our faith will be renewed.
We plunge into the sea of fire that is the Mass and come out burning, ready to go forth and light fires of Love even in the most wretched places.
Our faith centers around the Mass, and the immense and infinite thought I’m never weary of repeating: that God loved us first, and all we need to do to be fiery Christians is to love him back.
The Mass is, above all, the school of love, the love of God for man and of man for God.
Slowly, imperceptibly, daily Mass will bring us closer and closer to God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and Our Lady.
Slowly, too, it will teach us silence so that through the day, as time goes by, we will realize that there is within us a garden enclosed. We will realize that we have the key to its hidden gate, and that we can go into it, and there meet our Tremendous Lover.
Like Mary Magdalen in Bethany, we can sit at his feet in the silence of love, while Martha, in us, goes about her manifold tasks.
—Excerpted and adapted from Out of the Crucible, St. Paul Publications, 1960, pp .49-50, out of print.
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