Wednesday became a fasting day was in memory of Judas’ betrayal, who according to tradition betrayed Jesus on a Wednesday.
The Wednesday fast then has a direct link to Jesus’ Passion and recalls a sorrowful event in Jesus’ life. The fast became a way to atone for this betrayal as well as a reminder of how often we betray Jesus through the bad choices we make on a daily basis.
While Wednesday is no longer a fasting day throughout the calendar year, a remnant of this tradition is found on Ash Wednesday, when the Church begins its Lenten fast.
LENT: We begin Lent on February 26th, on Ash Wednesday with fasting and the imposition of Ashes.
“We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ.” (USCCB)
Some ideas for Lent:
1. Give up the usual suspects Sweets, video games, smart phones (or create “quiet zones or times” free of phones), soda, junk food, social media, and other creature comforts.
2. Quiet it down Monks practice silence in order to better hear God. Your family can, too, by turning off radios and music players (maybe just in the car), turning off the television, eating a meal in silence (or while listening to some sacred reading), being silent for the first fifteen minutes of the morning, or even having a day of silence or other time of day for silence.
3. Fast and Abstain from Vices The terms "sin" and "vice," often used interchangeably, are not really identical. Sins are specific acts of commission or omission. Vices are character traits. Like virtue, vices are developed through habit and practice and produce a person's basic disposition.
The Seven Deadly Sins:
Pride: Inflated sense of one's self
Envy: Sorrow at another's happiness or good.
Wrath (Anger): Uncontrolled sense of hate, anger , desire for revenge.
Avarice (Greed): The excessive desire for material things
Sloth: Avoidance of spiritual or physical work. Laziness, indifference, apathy, melancholy.
Gluttony: Inordinate desire to consume more than what one requires. Overindulging.
Lust: Inordinate craving for the pleasures of the flesh.
Humility defeats Pride
Kindness defeats Envy
Temperance (self control) defeats Gluttony
Chastity defeats Lust
Patience defeats Wrath
Generosity defeats Greed
Diligence defeats Sloth
You get the idea. Where is your struggle?
4. Go to confession
5. Commit to going to Mass every Sunday. (We are obliged to by command of God)
6. Pray the Stations of the Cross, reflect on the Lord's Sacrifice.
7. Pray the Rosary
8. Dedicate some time everyday for prayer
9. Almsgiving: Raise money for charity, clean your house and give of your excess to the poor (just make sure to that it is in good shape), send money you save from giving things up to the needy.
10. Above all, GET TO KNOW JESUS this Lent.
May you all have a blessed and fruitful Lent,
Prayer for the Intercession of Blessed Brother James Miller, FSC
O Blessed Brother James Miller, you heard God’s call to become a Brother of the Christian Schools and so became a sign of faith to youth in the United States and in Central America.
You placed your life and your trust in Divine Providence and, for spreading the faith, merited the crown of martyrdom.
In a world that denies the dignity of the human person, obtain for us from Divine Providence an ever increasing love of God and our neighbor, especially the poor and oppressed.
Obtain for us also the favor we are now asking for [mention request] and the grace and strength to be a witness to Christ’s love to all. Amen.
Imprimatur: +William Patrick Callahan, OFM Conv., Bishop of La Crosse – February 7, 2020
As Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). God alone can repair the damage done by failed love and it is his love that can refresh our soul and bring peace back into our lives.
Below is a prayer and meditation from the Golden Manual on this love that we should try to recite, asking God for an increase in love as well as to repair our broken heart. God wants to love us, but we must open ourselves to his gift and accept it.
Only then will we be able to move on, confident in ourselves because we are loved and cherished by God.
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Greetings to you on the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time!
This week in our readings, Jesus reveals the deeper meanings of the Ten Commandments. It is easy to look at the commandments and think “well, I haven't murdered anyone, so I'm good.” But how many times have we murdered the good name and reputation of others with our idle gossiping and chatter? How many times have we murdered our relationship with others by hateful thoughts of resentment and revenge in our hearts, or with abusive language and contempt of others? Oh, to be sure, our external actions may be nice and even polite, but that's not what Jesus really wants from us.
Jesus is looking for something far deeper than legal observances. He wants our hearts. This is a way of living that no law can motivate or impose on us.
"Outward observance of the Law is not enough. It is not enough that we do not murder, commit adultery, divorce, or lie.
The law of the new covenant is a law that God writes on the heart (see Jeremiah 31:31-34). The heart is the seat of our motivations, the place from which our words and actions proceed (see Matt 6:21 ; 15:1820).” (Scott Hahn)
Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “Let us ask ourselves: what meaning do these Ten Commandments have for us, in the present cultural context in which secularism and relativism risk becoming the criteria of every choice and this society of ours that seems to live as if God does not exist?
We answer that God gave us the Commandments to teach us true freedom and genuine love, so that we can be truly happy. They are a sign of the love of God the Father, of his desire to teach us how to distinguish between good and evil, truth and falsehood, right and wrong. They are comprehensible to all because they set fundamental values as concrete rules and regulations, by putting them into practice man can walk the path of true freedom, which set him firmly on the path that leads to life and happiness.
By contrast, when man ignores the Commandments in his life, not only does he alienate himself from God and abandon the alliance with him but he also distances himself from life and lasting happiness.
Man left to himself, indifferent to God, proud of his absolute autonomy, eventually ends up following the idols of selfishness, power, domination, polluting the relationship with himself and with others and taking paths that do not lead to life but death. The sad experience of history, especially of the last century, is a warning to all humanity.
Jesus brings to fulfillment the path of the Commandments with his Cross and Resurrection; he brings it to radically overcome selfishness, sin and death with the gift of himself for love.
Welcoming the infinite love of God, trusting him, following the path that he has laid down, can we give deeper meaning to life and open up a future of hope.”
God bless you all, Father Letona
From the Pope
Back in November, Pope Francis blessed a project that he dubbed the “Palace of the Poor,” a refurbished Calasanziane convent dating back to the early 1800s. The palace still carries the name of the Roman family that built it centuries ago: Palazzo Migliori – “Palace of the Best.”
When the nuns and the young mothers they cared for moved to other facilities, Pope Francis personally directed his Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, to turn it into a refuge where the homeless and poor of Rome can sleep, eat, and learn.
While St. Francis of Assisi is widely known for his love of animals, centuries before he was born there was already a saint who dearly loved God’s creatures.
That saint was Blaise, a 4th-century bishop of Sebaste (modern-day Turkey). There are many legends that surround his life, and one of them was his kindness to creatures and his ability to heal their wounds.
In The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts (published in 1900), the story is told of how St. Blaise was most at peace in the forest.
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