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The following reflection comes from what is the most profound daily reflection on the interior life ever composed (in my opinion). It is titled "Divine Intimacy" by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen. If the title rings a bell, it is also the name of our radio show and this is where the name came from. Today is Septuagesima Sunday in the TLM liturgical year and should be so in all of the Church. It is the beginning of what is traditionally known as "Pre-Lent." In this time, our tradition provides a beautiful road-map to the deeper conversion called for by the high season of Lent - a season within which torrents of grace will flow into the hearts of those who are desire and give themselves to Him. Please be sure to read this reflection and maybe even pick up a copy of this great text for your own Lenten reading. Be assured that you will be deeply challenged. Baronius Press publishes the best edition and this can be found here.
Beyond this reflection, we have provided a helpful summary of Pre-Lent here, and the video is of a recent webinar that explores a powerful framework for reflection on how we can experience a Lent and year beyond that promises progress that we may have never experienced before. Don't miss this opportunity. It begins today - it begins now.
Graciously hear, we beseech Thee O Lord, the prayers of Thy people, that we who are justly afflicted for our sins, may be mercifully delivered by Thy goodness, for the glory of Thy name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. (Collect for TLM Septuagesima Sunday)
The time of Septuagesima is somewhat like a prelude to Lent, the traditional time for spiritual reform. That is why the liturgy (in the TLM) presents us today with a program which we must put into effect in order to bring about within ourselves a new, serious conversion, so that we may rise again with Christ at Easter. The Collect of today's Mass, while reminding us that we are sinners, invites us to sentiments of profound humility, "we who are justly afflicted for our sins, may be mercifully delivered by Thy goodness." The first step toward conversion always consists in humbly recognizing that we need to be converted. The lukewarm must become fervent, the fervent must reach perfection, the perfect must attain heroic virtue. Who can say that he does not need to advance in virtue and in sanctity? Each new step effects a new conversion to God, conversio ad Deum. In the Epistle (1 Cor 9:24-27 - 10:1-5) St. Paul urges us to undertake this ceaseless spiritual labor. To reach sanctity and heavenly glory we must never tire of running and striving, as those who run in the stadium struggle and exert themselves "to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible one. I, therefore, so run... not as one beating the air," say the Apostle, "but I chastise my body and bring it into subjection!" This is the first point in the program: a generous struggle to overcome ourselves, to conquer evil and achieve goodness; denial of self by humility; denial of the body by physical mortification. Only those who struggle and exert themselves will win the prize. Therefore let us also run in such a way as to obtain the reward.