April 1: Introspection During Lent: Persistence in Love

Holy Thursday (Morning)

April 1, 2021

When practicing critical self-reflection and awareness, many of our days can become emotionally challenging as we struggle through the recognition of our human imperfection. In dealing with these feelings, I often think of the motto Perissem Ni Perstitissem, or “I Would Have Perished Had I Not Persisted.” Together with self-love, determination, and humility to recognize the beauty in our imperfection, our persistence becomes the motor that helps us build resiliency and become closer to the Divine love.

Today, Holy Thursday, a day representing communion and connectedness among Christians, I am reminded of the urgency of persisting in my choice of following Christ’s understanding of Love, or the Greatest Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

As inspiration for continuing this life-long journey to Easter, I also think of the Golden Rose; a gold ornament blessed on the fourth Sunday of Lent or Lætare Sunday. Pope Innocent III beautifully explained the Rosa Mystica significance: "Lætare Sunday […] represents love after hate, joy after sorrow, and fullness after hunger, so does the rose designate by its colour, odour, and taste, love, joy, and satiety respectively."

Thank you to all the readers of these postings, your messages truly warmed my heart and made me feel in fellowship with you.

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

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