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By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange, February 4, 2020
God is always so good that He constantly showers us with the most abundant graces. His Church, which is called His Mystical Body, incessantly rains down upon us a torrential downpour of graces. This is manifest in a very special way in the Church Liturgical cycle, most specifically in the Strong Seasons—both Advent leading to Christmas and Lent culminating in Holy Week and the Solemnity of all Solemnities, Easter!
Most certainly it has happened to all of us that we are absorbed and immersed in so many activities—family, social, and work—that these great seasons of grace sweep by us like a lightning bolt and we find that we have barely entered into the depths of the ocean abyss of graces knocking at the door of our hearts. The Book of Revelation warns us: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; whoever opens the door, I will come in and dine with him and he with me.” (Rev. 3:19) The great Saint Augustine expounds upon this idea and comments that Jesus is the Pilgrim who knocks and if we do not open the door, He will move on and never come in to visit us. God forbid that this be so for us! …