Lenten reading — Week of March 23

Lenten devotional group

Each week for the remainder of Lent we are sharing a reading for our Lenten Devotional Group. Here’s the first one, from Thomas Merton. Those interested in joining Phil and Emily for reflection and prayer related to this reading are invited to do so on Tuesday, March 24, at 11am (see Zoom info below).

“It is therefore of supreme importance that we consent to live not for ourselves but for others. When we do this we will be able first of all to face and accept our own limitations. As long as we secretly adore ourselves, our own deficiencies will remain to torture us with an apparent defilement. But if we live for others, we will gradually discover that no one expects us to be ‘as gods.’ We will see that we are human, like everyone else, that we all have weaknesses and deficiencies, and that these limitations of ours play a most important part in all our lives. It is because of them that we need others and others need us. We are not all weak in the same spots, and so we supplement and complete one another, each one making up in himself [sic] for the lack in another.”

– Thomas Merton

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