Send upon our spirits your heavenly light that we may be enlightened during this Lent.
The Father of heaven receives the repentant sinner with kindness, he opens his arms to him and embraces him.
Happy the one who repents of his sins; blessed be the name of the merciful One who forgives sins.
Maronite Liturgy, SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON, Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Image: Detail from "The Return of the Prodigal Son" by Rembrandt
O Christ, Source of light and Light of our lives, may your face be a shelter for us, for it is in you that we hope.
"Death has closed heaven’s door and sin has locked it. The cross is the key that undoes the padlock of sin, strips the lock of death, and opens heaven’s door. The Cross is the key to heaven’s door; there is no other key."
From the Fourth Experience of Raymond Nader with Saint Sharbel.
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