An Irish Welcome

Céad Míle Fáilte friend and rover ...
Wherever you come from and whosoever you may be.
That's an Irish greeting and it means

you are welcome
a thousand times over.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

To My Beloved!

Evil smelling and defiled, the woman drew near to Thee, shedding tears upon Thy feet, O Saviour, and proclaiming Thy Passion:
'How can I look upon Thee, O Master? Yet Thou hast come to save the harlot. I am dead; raise me from the depths, as Thou hast raised Lazarus on the fourth day from the tomb. Accept me in my wretchedness, O Lord, and save me.'

Full of despair on account of her life, her evil ways well known, she came to Thee, bearing oil of myrrh, and cried aloud:

'Harlot though I am, cast me not out, O Son of the Virgin; despise not my tears, O joy of the angels; but receive me in repentance, O Lord, and in Thy great mercy reject me not, a sinner'

To My Beloved:

O Christ, where shall I begin to weep for the actions of my wretched life?
What fruit shall I offer you, O Christ, in this my lamentation?
In Thy compassion grant me forgiveness of my sins.

To My Soul:

Come, wretched soul with your flesh to the Creator of all.
Make confession to Him, and abstain henceforth from your brutishness and offer to your beloved tears of repentance.

To My Beloved:

I have rivalled Adam in transgressions and I have found myself stripped naked of God.
I have found myself stripped of the eternal Kingdom and its joy because of my sins. (Gen 3:7-11)

To My Soul:

Woe to thee, miserable soul! Woe to thee.
Thou hast looked in wickedness and is grievously wounded.
I have the Eve of the mind: the passionate thoughts in my flesh, showing me what seems sweet. Yet, whenever I taste from it, I find it bitter.

To My Beloved:

O Jesus, I have not been like Able in his righteousness.
Never have I offered Thee acceptable gifts or godly actions, a pure sacrifice or a life unblemished (Gen 4:4)
I confess to Thee, O Saviour, the sins I have committed, the wounds of my soul and body, my murderous thoughts, like thieves have inflicted upon me inwardly. (Luke 10:30)

Thou I have sinned, O Saviour, I know Thou art full of loving kindness.
Thou dost chastise me with mercy and You are fervent in compassion.
You do see me weeping and you run to meet me, like the Father calling back the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:20)

I lie here, as an outcast before Thy gate, O Saviour. In Thy love grant me remission of my sins.

O Lamb of God, thou that takest away the sins of all, take from me the heavy yoke of sin, and in Thy compassion grant me remission of sins.


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