This first Friday of the month marks the first days of Lent, a forty-day period prior to Easter, the Resurrection of Christ. This time of preparation is, therefore, a time of conversion, of allowing ourselves to be transformed by God. This change has many possible dimensions, but we will focus on one: the conversion towards the brother, the readiness to help our neighbor.
Article 16 of the Rule of Life of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, entitled “Love of Neighbor” tells us:
Challenged by our contemporaries
and the developments of our time,
we reach out in love through
understanding, discernment, and involvement.
Set free by the cross,
the world awaits our initiatives
so that the Father’s plan “to bring
all things together in Christ” (Eph 1:10)
might be fulfilled.
Let us pray to the Lord that these lines turn into reality each day for those who share the charism that Father Andre Coindre and the Venerable Brother Polycarp left us. We can help ourselves on this first Friday of the month with the following psalm:
Psalm to be more generous in this Lent
Ant.: May your Heart transform our heart
Lord, I want to give more,
but I’m afraid:
I’m afraid I’m going to lose.
I am attached to earthly goods, like the rich man in the parable:
Money, comfort, well.being,
Social position, prestige, success.
Now I am afraid you are asking for sacrifices.
Take away the fear from me and encourage me.
Show me that you give much more than you ask.
Certainly you give a lot. Why am I still afraid?
Show me the needs of my brothers
And help me to put their wellness above mine,
As you did when you gave your life on the cross,
For my sake and for the sake of all men.
I need you to give me your gaze to see what nobody sees,
Your hands to work for those who nobody works for,
Your feet to go where nobody goes…
But above all I need your Heart, to love those whom nobody loves.
I trust in You, my Lord, I trust with all my heart,
And I want to give you more and more:
My belongings, my time and myself,
In order to follow you and to introduce you to as many as I can.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:
and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.