Today is Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent.
We hear about the ancient Roman Station church, St. Paul’s outside-the-walls, about what ancient catechumens experienced, something by St. Augustine about what “40 days” means for us, and, of course, the Collects in both forms of the Roman Rite. And… something from Pope Benedict XVI.
The present time of weeping, symbolized by the forty days of Lent, is the time in which we live and which we symbolize in ourselves; the time of joy, peace, and reigning, symbolized by the days of the Pentecost, is expressed by our alleluia, though we do not yet truly possess these praises.
Day after day we are, as it were, covered by many forms of dirt— empty words, prejudices, reduced and altered wisdom. A multifaceted semi-falsity or falsity constantly infiltrates us deep within. All this clouds and contaminates our souls, threatening us with an incapacity for truth and the good.
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