We continue our Lenten journey through the prayers of Holy Mass with today’s
Accepta tibi sit, Domine, nostrae devotionis oratio,
quae et conversationem nostram, te operante, sanctificet,
et indulgentiam nobis tuae propitiationis obtineat.
I am really too tired to do much with this, so let me free-wheel a little.
In Latin conversatio is not "conversation". It is a Pauline term especially important later in monasticism for "manner of living". I am going to lend it contemporary weight with "life-style". Devotio is another loaded term, but I will let it stand for now.
O Lord, may the offering of our devotion,
which as You are working within it, sanctifies our life-style
be acceptable to You, and let it obtain for us the forgiveness of your proptiation.
I like how we have these third declensions stacking up on on another: devotio…oratio…conversatio… propitiatio… nice!
My (philological) choice of "life-style" has purpose. Some people want to think, and want you to think, that just because they choose a "life-style", then that choice perfectly justifies itself. No moral judgment is possible once a choice is made.
Since I am very tired and don’t have the energy to mince words, some "life-styles" are filthy and cry out to God for vengence. People can fool themselves, or pretend to. They cannot fool the Judge. If they are not careful, they will burn in hell.
There is always room in God’s mercy. We can be sorry for sins and ask forgiveness. There is room for illness and entrenched habit. There is a great deal of latitude in God’s mercy. But His mercy is not such that we should tempt God. God cannot be fooled.
When there is a conflict between the "offering of our devotion" in which God is at work, and our "life-style", in which we sinners alone are at work….
We must bring our "life-style" to His style.