We celebrate the holy mysteries in spirit in the church of St. Lawrence in Damaso, built by the "poet-Pope" and "lover of the catacombs," St. Damasus, whose remains rest in this venerable edifice.
Mother Church points today to two leaders: Moses and Christ — figure and fulfillment. Both of them were unappreciated by their flock. Both of them were unmoved in their consecration to God and their holy calling. Their people were superficial, proud and selfish, while they, the leaders, were filled with the spirit of prayer, humility and the love of God.
In the spirit of our prayerful, humble and God-loving leader, St. Lawrence, let us make a sincere oblation of ourselves. Then the Divine Victim, through the prayers of this holy deacon, will increase in our souls what is so strikingly expressed in today's Mass:
1. Humility— "With expectation I have waited for the Lord and he was attentive to me."
2. Prayerfulness— "And He heard my prayer."
3. Love— "And He put a new canticle in my mouth, a song to our God."
Let us pray: Hear, O God, my prayer and despise not my supplication. Be attentive to me and hear me. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Posted by Matthew
Today's Stational Church is the Basilica of St. Lawrence the Deacon. Information is from the Canon Regulars of St. John Cantius: