WEDNESDAY IV LENT: Can a mother forget her infant?

Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.

(Is. 49:15)

The Church, that glorious inheritance purchased by Christ the Saviour at the cost of his own blood, has in our days been cruelly ravaged. The beloved spouse of God’s only begotten Son is torn with anguish as she mourns the shameful defection of the children she herself bore.

Eugene de Mazenod’s Preface to the Rule 


God, our Father, through the life, death and resurrection of Christ your Son, you bring together in your Spirit, from all nations, a people to be your own.

Keep the Church faithful to its mission: may it be a leaven in the world, renewing us in Christ and transforming us into your family. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Roman Missal)

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1 Response to WEDNESDAY IV LENT: Can a mother forget her infant?

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Lay Oblate says:

    There are millions of images of the members of the Church abandoning, hurting, controlling and generally sinning – as we humans are so prone to do and be. It is not just the clergy and I have to seriously look at what my sin would look like if I was a part of that ‘ruling party’. Would I succumb to my own ego, and believe my own lie? It is not just “them” or “those others” who sin, who abandon the children they were charged with caring for or who try to play God.

    It is the Church, the “beloved spouse of God’s only begotten Son” who gathers me in and who is full of imperfect people like myself. Keep me true Lord as I try to share my experience of You, allowing myself to be used as leaven in today’s world, in my own little area of the world.

    This morning as I sit here and look at my puny efforts in being a part of your Church, I realise how every day my love of her continues to deepen, and mature. I do not want to run away from her, only to take my place within her and to share that with all those around me.

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