Tears For Washing

Our associate pastor shared these words of Saint Ambrose today at a meeting:

Jesus, I wish you would let me wash your feet, since it was through walking about in me that you soiled them. I wish you would give me the task of wiping the stains from your feet, because it was my behavior that put them there. But where can I get the running water I need to wash your feet? If I have no water, at least I have tears.

Readers, have a blessed and fruitful Three Days.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to Tears For Washing

  1. woleary says:

    Great quote. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jimmy Mac says:

    My partner’s niece will be celebrating her 1st communion in 2 weeks. She and her class were part of their parish’s “washing” ceremonies by washing hands before the people went to get their feet washed.

    I had never heard of that before. Is it something that “is done” these days – or is it rampant herterodox heresy of the Spawn of Satan types?

  3. Todd says:

    Washing hands? This wasn’t at MHR was it?

    I don’t think there’s a serious liturgist anywhere advocating washing hands–Pilate’s gesture–ew.

    Our parish does not “select” people, but we encourage people to come forward. Very often children and adults wash one another’s feet. My daughter and the pastor shared washing last week.

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