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How to Use these Meditations

Lotus flower
Lotus flower
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Overview of the Meditations

These meditations, inspired by those of the Roman Catholic Bishop, Richard Challoner (1691-1781), are designed to help you to be reconciled to God through prayer and repentance. In this way you share in the Passion of Christ and draw, once again, closer to Our Lord. While these meditations are in the Roman Catholic tradition, they all arise from Holy Scripture and the wisdom of saints and celebrated holy men and women. In this way they should be suitable for any Christian or, indeed, for anyone who yearns to move closer to the universal truth and force of life, which is God. Here is found that simple, yet eternal, discovery: all life is one.

There are three meditations to help you examine your life in preparation for Ash Wednesday so that you become aware of how you may have displeased God. We need to remember here that to displease God is, in the end, to displease our true self. This makes us unhappy, so Continue reading How to Use these Meditations

Meditations for Lent

Four candles symbolise the guiding light of Meditations for Lent Table of Contents
Four candles
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Meditations for Lent
by Stafford Whiteaker

Table of Contents

Schedule Chapter
February
Sat 06 How to use these Meditations

  1. Overview of the Meditations
  2. About Lent
  3. Getting the most from these Meditations
Sun 07 Preparatory Meditations for Lent

  1. The examination of our interior state
  2. Our sins of omission
  3. A further examination of the soul
Wed 10 On Repentance: Ash Wednesday Meditation

We are reminded on this day, which begins the season of Lent, that we come from dust, the ash of this earth, and we return to it. No one escapes this ending. This should bring a deep sense of humility and thankfulness to God for the days of life you have been given. But it is also a reminder that none should delay reconciliation with God, because death can come at any hour. Therefore, we should not postpone following the path of Christ if we hope for eternal reunion with God, because time is really not on our side.

Sun 14 On Fasting: Meditations for Lent Week 1

  1. On fasting
  2. The rules of fasting
  3. The true fast of a Christian life
Sun 21 On Mercy: Meditations for Lent Week 2

  1. On exercising works of mercy
  2. The spiritual works of mercy
  3. On Jesus being condemned to the Cross
Sun 28 On Prayer: Meditations for Lent Week 3

  1. On Prayer
  2. The necessity of prayer
  3. Attention in prayer
March
Sun 06 On Betrayal: Meditations for Lent Week 4

  1. The treason of Judas
  2. Jesus’s treatment in the house of Caiaphas
  3. On Barabbas and the scourging of Jesus
Sun 13 On Suffering: Meditations for Lent Week 5

  1. On devotion to the Passion of Christ
  2. The benefits of devotion to the Passion Of Christ
  3. The lessons Christ teaches in his Passion
Sun 20 On Submission: Meditations for Lent Week 6

  1. Lessons to be learned from Christ in his Passion
  2. The love Christ has shown us in his Passion
  3. On Jesus preaching from the Cross
Fri 25 On Redemption: Meditation for Good Friday

On Our Saviour’s Death

 

© “Meditations for Lent” by Stafford Whiteaker from “CALLED INTO LIGHT — Meditations with Bishop Challoner for the Christian Year” by Stafford Whiteaker to be published by Gracewing Ltd in late 2021. Permission is granted for quoting from these meditations as long as the source by book title and author is credited. Pre-ordering via www.gracewing.co.uk. (Please note that foreign rights including USA have not yet been finalised. Permission has been granted by the author for this book to be translated into the French language as well as the usual translations given in foreign rights editions.)

Without you, there is no me!

Stafford Whiteaker
Stafford Whiteaker
For many years I lived as a hermit in the mountains of the Pyrenees in France. It was there that I started writing the story of Banios-sur-Ange. Maybe it was the storms that inspired me or the great eagles riding the wind. Maybe it was the meadows of wild flowers. Maybe it was because I got lonely and wanted company. In any case I started to write this story, The Cloud of Goodness.

The Cloud of Goodness
by Stafford Whiteaker

For years I had made my living as writer of non-fiction and here I was writing a story about a once-upon-a-time village lost in a far valley beyond the forests. A little history of vice, virtue and the devil. What I wanted, above all, was to get as close to my readers through this story as possible. That is the company and companionship I wanted. I wanted you to be part of my life. In short, I made this website so I could offer the story of the village of Banios-sur-Ange (Banios-by-the-Angel) to you, a place to meet where it all happened, a way of knowing each other, a way of saying, without you, the reader, I would not exist. Continue reading Without you, there is no me!