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Our Lenten Journey, March 5, 2018

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030518.cfm

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” I was unable to believe there were really impious people who had no faith. I believed they were actually speaking against their own inner convictions when they denied the existence of Heaven, that beautiful heaven where God Himself wanted to be their Eternal Reward.”

— St. Therese of Lisieux

“May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.” 

— St. Therese of Lisieux

“The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.” ― St. Francis de Sales

 

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Our Lenten Journey, March 3, 2018

March 3rd, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Featured Tags:

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030318.cfm

 

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“The question is not ‘How am I to find God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be found by him?’ The question is not ‘How am I to know God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be known by God?’ And, finally, the question is not ‘How am I to love God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be loved by God?’ God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.”

― Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

“You never depart from us, but yet, only with difficulties do we return to You.” ― Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

“Human life is in some way a constant returning to our Father’s house. We return through contrition, through the conversion of heart which means a desire to change, a firm decision to improve our life and which, therefore, is expressed in sacrifice and self?giving. We return to our Father’s house by means of that sacrament of pardon in which, by confessing our sins, we put on Jesus Christ again and become his brothers, members of God’s family.”

— St. Josemaria Escriva

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Our Lenten Journey, March 2, 2018

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030218.cfm

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“God does not work miracles and grant favors by means of some statutes so these statutes may be held in higher esteem than others, but so he may awaken the dormant devotion and affection of the faithful through his wonderful works.”

– St. John of the Cross

 

“I believe in Christ, like I believe in the sun. Not because I can see it. But by it i can see everything else.”

-C.S. Lewis

 

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Our Lenten Journey, March 1, 2018

March 1st, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Featured Tags:

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030118.cfm

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“Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the center of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings,”

—Pope Francis

“They have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less.”

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“Modern life is too often built on the marketing of half-truths and lies about who we are and what we deserve.  Many of the lies are well-intentioned and not even very harmful — but they’re still lies.”

— Archbishop Charles Chaput

 

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Our Lenten Journey, Feb 28, 2018

February 28th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Featured Tags:

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022818.cfm

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“Love and charity, are service, helping others, serving others. There are many people who spend their lives in this way, in the service of others. … When you forget yourself and think of others, this is love! And with the washing of the feet the Lord teaches us to be servants, and above all, servants as He was a servant to us, for every one of us.”

— Pope Francis, Jubilee audience, March 12, 2016  

“To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.”

— Pope John Paul II

“Experience proves that in this life peace and satisfaction are had, not by the listless but by those who are fervent in God’s service. And rightly so. For in their effort to overcome themselves and to rid themselves of self-love, they rid themselves of the roots of all passion and unrest.”

— Saint Ignatius

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Our Lenten Journey, Feb. 27, 2018

February 27th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Featured Tags:

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022718.cfm

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“Do not let your deeds belie your words,”

—St. Jerome

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

— St. Francis of Assisi

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Our Lenten Journey, Feb. 26, 2018

February 26th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Featured Tags:

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022618.cfm

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“Tell others about the truth that sets you free.”
— Pope Benedict XVI

 

“By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. ”

— Thomas Merton

 

“The soul can do without everything except the word of God, without which none at all of its wants are provided for.”

— Martin Luther

 

 

 

 

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Our Lenten Journey, Feb. 25, 2018

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022518.cfm

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“To put it simply: the Holy Spirit bothers us. Because he moves us, he makes us walk, he pushes the Church to go forward. And we are like Peter at the Transfiguration: ‘Ah, how wonderful it is to be here like this, all together!’ … But don’t bother us. We want the Holy Spirit to doze off … we want to domesticate the Holy Spirit. And that’s no good. because he is God, he is that wind which comes and goes and you don’t know where. He is the power of God, he is the one who gives us consolation and strength to move forward. But: to move forward! And this bothers us. It’s so much nicer to be comfortable.”

― Pope Francis, Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday

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Our Lenten Journey, Feb. 24, 2018

February 24th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022418.cfm

 

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

― Abraham Lincoln

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.” ― G.K. Chesterton

“Love all men, even your enemies; love them, not because they are your brothers, but that they may become your brothers. Thus you will ever burn with fraternal love, both for him who is already your brother and for your enemy, that he may by loving become your brother.”

—Saint Augustine

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ― Mother Teresa

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Our Lenten Journey, Feb. 23, 2018

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022318.cfm

 

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“Confession is something we will never outgrow, even if we become the saints God made us to be. Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta were revered even during their lifetime; but both made frequent use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”

— Cardinal Donald Wuerl

“ …Asking for forgiveness in our culture is often seen as a supreme act of weakness, even foolhardy naïveté; the more popular attitude is ‘Never let ’em see you sweat.’ It robs us of our humanity to no longer recognize the truth that we are creatures who sin, creatures who need forgiveness and a Savior. This tragic false belief robs us of the very mechanism by which we might realize peace.”

— Elizabeth M. Kelly

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