Today is the fourth Sunday of Lent, erstwhile known as Laetare Sunday. We pause halfway through this solemn season and take a break from our Lenten journey to enjoy some "restrained" rejoicing. A few flowers on the altar, a little extra music at Mass, bright rose vestments and a maybe even a little extra dessert at dinner or supper (if our cook is reading this!)
On the heels of the great Solemnity of the Annunciation, we continue to reflect on our own ability to say, "Yes" to whatever the Lord asks of us day after day. 384 years ago, on the fourth Sunday of Lent, 22 March 1622, St. Francis de Sales concluded his homily with the following words:
"We say that we do not know whether the will to please Him that we now have will remain with us during our whole life. Alas! It is true for there is nothing so weak and changeable as we are. But, nevertheless, let us not be troubled. Let us, rather, frequently lay this good will before Our Lord; let us place it in His hands and He will renew it as often as is necessary that we may have enough for our whole mortal life."