Meditation and a Clean Conscience

This fall Pope Benedict is giving a series of Wednesday audiences on women and their contributions to the Church, with a particular emphasis on their holiness and teaching.

In yesterday”s address, the Holy Father focused on the life of Marguerite d”Oingt, a French Carthusian nun who lived at the turn of the 14th century. He noted that while the life of a medieval mystic might seem irrelevant at first glance, her spiritual journey contains many lessons for people today.

I point this one out in particular because the Holy Father stressed Marguerite”s insistence on daily meditation on God”s infinite love for us [more]as the means of our transformation in Christ. He said that she “invites us to meditate daily on the life of sorrow and love of Jesus and of His mother, Mary. Here is our hope, the meaning of our existence.”

Pope Benedict magnificently summarized her message this way:

“Rubbish is not only on different streets of the world. There is rubbish also in our consciences and in our souls. Only the light of the Lord, His strength, and His love is what cleanses us, purifies us, showing us the right path.”

Doesn”t this speak to the renewal of our minds that St. Paul discusses in Romans 12:2:

“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

There are many ways that conscience can and does “get dirty.” That”s the problem. Marguerite d’2012-04-24 18:33:32′Oingt”s prescription of daily meditation points us toward the solution.

On a lighter note, at the end of yesterday”s address the Holy Father greeted in English a contingent of pilgrims from Pittsburgh and gave them his apostolic blessing. It was the least he could do after their beloved Steelers were hammered by the Saints last Sunday!

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