Sadly, the witness given by so many of us is not worthy of the Apostles.
The Christian virtues speak of God's love.
Virtue is the outward and visible sign of Grace.
What was not assumed could not have been redeemed; through his divine kenosis we are saved.
As the Mother of God, Our Lady is called blessed by all ages.
St Gregory of Nazianzus said that what had not been assumed could not have been healed - here are some thoughts from Newman in the same vein.
Repent and seek ye God whilst he is to be found.
Sin has inevitable consequences.
We must not attempt to go beyond our strength or we shall be discouraged and fail.
Penitence is worst at the start.
Newman warns us of the dangers of failing to repent.
For Saturday, Our Lady's day, another reflection from Newman
Faith will be tried, and we must prepare for this.
Newman continues with the theme of adapting ourselves to Christ.
Thought God will make the yoke easy, it is not naturally so to sinful man.
Here, Newman offers further reflections on the theme of self-denial.
As we enter deeper into Lent, a reminder of the need for self-denial.
Every time we recite the Creed we talk of Christ being made man, here Newman reflects in these words.
For Our Lady's day, another meditation from Newman, this time on how she is the 'mirror of justice'.
God welcomes the penitent.