“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness...” (Matthew 6:33). Our heavenly Father is with us, ever providing for our needs as the Lord Jesus teaches us. He will never forget us; and as we sing in our Psalm, in him we shall be in peace and shall not be disturbed. Thus, rooted in our trust in the Lord who is our rock and salvation, all should regard us as servants of Christ (c.f. 1 Cor 4:1-5).
LENT: We begin Lent on March 1st, Ash Wednesday with the imposition of Ashes.
Prayer is our weapon against the Devil.
Fasting is our weapon against the flesh and carnal desires.
Almsgiving is our weapon against the pride, rage, and greed of this world.
When do I fast? Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence.
When do I abstain from meat? Fridays during Lent. A dispensation has been granted by the bishops of Wisconsin from this observance on March 17th, St. Patricks day, provided some other penance is performed.
Who has to fast? For members of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church (that’s us), the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
Who abstains from meat on Fridays? Members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
19 things to give up for Lent that aren't chocolate (By Monsignor Derouen)
1. Fear: God is on my side. In Him I am more than a conqueror. (See Romans 98)
2. The need to please everyone: I can’t please everyone anyway. There is only one I need to strive to please.
3. Envy: I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
4. Impatience: God’s timing is the perfect timing.
5. Sense of entitlement: The world does not owe me anything. God does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace.
6. Bitterness and Resentment: The only person I am hurting by holding onto these is myself.
7. Blame: I am not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions.
8. Gossip and Negativity: I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic and bring other people down.
9. Comparison: I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.
10. Fear of failure: You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fall forward.
11. A spirit of poverty: Believe with God that there is always more than enough and never a lack.
12. Feelings of unworthiness: You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. (see Psalm 139)
13. Doubt: Believe God has a plan for you that is beyond anything you could imagine. The future is brighter than you could ever realize.
14. Self-pity: God comforts us in our sorrow so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
15. Retirement: As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for Christ. That does not come to an end until the day we die.
16. Excuses: A wise man once said, if you need an excuse, any excuse will do.
17. Lack of counsel: Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.
18. Pride: Blessed are the humble.
19. Worry: God is in control and worrying will not help.
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona