Lenten Reading for March 31


Contemplate these words by John Carmody, written when he was seriously ill:

“When you deal with people seriously ill, either yourself or others, try to honor the eloquence of God’s silence. Babble if you must, as I have babbled here, but accept every invitation to desist. If the illness is your own, go for a walk, sit in a chapel, or jut hold the loved ones you most cherish. If the illness is another’s, listen for the time to stay silent, as well as the time to speak. There is a time to speak, but also a time to hold silence — to take it to your bosom like a love. There is a time to assault God, accuse God, but also a time to wait and leave God free… As you move along through your own way of the cross, let your spirit flow out of the mystery of the stations of the cross. Reciprocally, let their mystery flow to your spirit. Well or ill, but especially ill, you are part of something much greater. You did not make yourself, and you cannot raise yourself. But what you cannot do, God can. All things are possible with God… So, let nothing disturb you. Let nothing surprise you. The splendor in your death, as in your life, has yet to be revealed. In the morning thank God for it. In your evening, say, “So be it.”

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