Fr. WB over at Whitehall has posted quite a few lenten resources which might be of benefit to you. In doing my own lenten reading, I ran across something that reminded me of MM’s comments on Ash Wednesday over at Theology of the Body, i.e. that it reminds us of our mortality: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Jeremy Taylor offers the following regarding “Sins of Infirmity and Their Remedy:”
XI. In all contentions against sin and infirmity, remember that what was done yesterday, may be done to-day; and by the same instruments by which you then were conqueror, you may also be so in every day of temptation. The Italian general that quitted his vanity and his employment, upon the sight of one that died suddenly, might, upon the same consideration, actually applied and fitted to the fancy, at any time resist his lust. And therefore Epictetus gives it in rule: … “Let death be always before thy eyes, and then thou shalt never desire any base or low thing, nor desire anything too much.”–that is, the perpetual application of so great a consideration as is death, is certainly the greatest endearment of holiness and severity.
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