Friday, March 28, 2014

Robert Barron's Lent Day 24

I do not write as well as I'd like to, and there are a handful of people I read whom, if I wrote more, it would be like unto their style. Father Barron writes a daily meditation during Lent and to-day's, I think, he wrote for me: (reprinted here entirely without the expressed written permission of Fr. Barron or

Lent Day 24 - Christ at the Center
The massive rose windows of the medieval Gothic cathedrals were not only marvels of engineering and artistry; they were also symbols of the well-ordered soul. The pilgrim coming to the cathedral for spiritual enlightenment would be encouraged to meditate upon the rose of light and color in order to be drawn into mystical conformity with it.

What would he or she see? At the center of every rose window is a depiction of Christ (even when Mary seems to be the focus, she is carrying the Christ child on her lap), and then wheeling around him in lyrical and harmonious patterns are the hundreds of medallions, each depicting a saint or a scene from scripture.

The message of the window is clear: When one's life is centered on Christ, all the energies, aspirations, and powers of the soul fall into a beautiful and satisfying pattern. And by implication, whenever something other than Christ--money, sex, success, adulation--fills the center, the soul falls into disharmony.

Jesus expressed this same idea when he said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and the rest will be given unto you" (Mt 6:33). When the divine is consciously acknowledged as the ground and organizing center of one's existence, something like wholeness or holiness is the result.

Don't live your life on the rim of the circle, but rather at the center. Focus on that reliable, unchanging point where Christ resides.
Thank You, Lord, for this new day. Thank You for this life You have given me; thank You for the love of Jesus. Grace me to-day that I might live out this love - with every person I meet, with every thought of my mind and every word of my mouth.
Live, love, and reign in me, please
In Your holy Name I pray Amen

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