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Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday of the Thirty-third week in Ordinary Time

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942), Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe Poem : "Holy Night" (trans. Suzanne Batzdorff)

Monday of the Thirty-third week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942), Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe 
Poem : "Holy Night" (trans. Suzanne Batzdorff)

"Lord, that I may see"

Often my strength threatened to fail me. 
I almost lost hope of seeing the light. 
But when my heart grew numb with deepest grief, 
A clear star rose for me. 
Steadfast it guided me – I followed, 
At first reluctant, but more confidently later… 

The secret which I had to keep in hiding 
Deep in my heart, 
Now I can shout it out: 
“I believe – I profess!”… 
Lord, is it possible that someone who is past 
Midlife can be reborn? (Jn 3:4) 
You said so, and for me it was fulfilled. 
A long life’s burden of guilt and suffering 
Fell away from me… 

Ah, no one’s heart can fathom, 
What you have in store for those who love you. (cf. 1Cor 2:9) 
Now you are mine and I will not let you go. (Sg 3:4) 
Wherever my life’s road may lead, 
You are with me. (cf. Ps 22[23]) 
Nothing can ever part me from your love. (cf. Rm 8:39).

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