March 1, St. Albinus
Remember the marvels the Lord has done. — Psalm 105:5
Mass Readings: Genesis 37:3-4,12-13a,17b-28a/Matthew 21:33-43,45-46
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Albinus, a French abbot and bishop who lived during the fifth and sixth centuries. According to tradition, he once prayed late into the night for a group of men who were imprisoned in a tower. As a result of his fervent prayer, a massive stone broke free from the wall, allowing for their escape.
As I reflected on this miraculous account, another stone wall came to mind. It’s the one I’ve constructed around my own heart. I’ve built it over the course of many years. Each stone has its own name — Hypocrisy, Materialism, Busyness — all the things that keep me from intimacy with Our Lord. Perhaps a commitment to daily prayer this Lent would be a good start in bringing that wall down.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to remove from my heart whatever separates me from You.
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