March 24th, 2004
Dick Hauser, S.J.
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Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for
the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you."
How many of us spend our lives looking for human security and happiness in
places it can never be found fully: physical pleasures, worldly success,
even human relationships.
But our hearts are made by God to find ultimate security and happiness only
in God: Our hearts are restless, says Augustine, until they rest in Thee.
During his forty days in the desert Jesus faced Satan's temptations luring
him away from doing his Father's will by the promises of worldly success
In Lent we follow Jesus to the desert. We increase our periods of personal
prayer and allow the Lord to unmask Satan's temptations. We pray for
conversion from habitual attitudes that seek security and happiness
primarily from the things of this world to a consciousness that seeks
security and happiness from trusting in God and doing God's will. We pray
for the grace to handle our temptations as Jesus handled his.
How different our lives would be if we took to heart this passage of
Isaiah: God holds us as lovingly and tenderly as a mother holds the
child of her womb. What greater security and happiness can we humans
to the writer of this reflection.
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