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Embrace sacrifice — but do not forget service and surrender

February 24th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Lent and Easter had come and gone, but the Christian call to sacrifice was very much on Pope Francis’ mind when he addressed 12,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square last June 28 during his weekly general audience.

Christians, he told those assembled, are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Lenten Series – Sacrifice

February 24th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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As followers of Christ, we have a call to make the world a holier place in the image of our

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves his general audience at the Vatican June 28. Lent and Easter had come and gone by that papal audience, but the Christian call to sacrifice was very much on the pope’s mind when he addressed 12,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 

Savior, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Fasting is a method that people can use to limit or deny their physical desires for a higher, often spiritual, goal.

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By the final reel: films for Lent with conversion themes

February 22nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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NEW YORK — Lent is intended to be a season of ongoing conversion for the baptized, as well as of increasing conformity to the message of the Gospel among catechumens and those coming into full communion with the church.

With that in mind, here, in alphabetical order, are capsule reviews of 10 films that showcase characters experiencing a positive change of heart, mind or outlook.  Read more »

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‘Night to Shine’ is night to remember at St. Christopher’s

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St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Chester, Md., joined over 540 other churches in all 50 states and in 16 countries to hold the “Night to Shine” prom Feb. 9 for people with special needs. “Night to Shine” is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, and this year more than 90,000 guests attended, supported by more than 175,000 volunteers. St. Christopher’s was one of nine churches in Maryland to participate, and the only Catholic Church on the Delmarva peninsula.
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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 25, 2018

February 22nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Second Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

1) Gn 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18

Psalm:116:10, 15-19

2) Rom 8:31-34

Gospel: Mk 9:2-10

 

To see with the eyes of faith

Lent is a time of spiritual regeneration and renewal. “The Transfiguration ‘is the sacrament of the second regeneration’: our own resurrection,” notes the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 556). And the Gospel account of the Lord’s transfiguration invites us to ponder this event in Jesus’ earthly life and our participation in this mystery of faith.  Read more »

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Prayer of repentance

February 20th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Lord Jesus,
Lent presents me with the opportunity — and the obligation — to examine where my life is modeling your example and where I am failing to help bring about the kingdom of God.
Help me to delve deeply into my life during this season of penance and give a thorough look at what my values are and how I live them out each day. Read more »

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Repentance: A response to the Father’s love and forgiveness

February 20th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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As we enter Lent we are welcomed by the phrases “repent and believe in the Gospel” or “you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These words are spoken as a cross of ashes is placed on our foreheads.

As Catholic Christians this is a time to understand our call to repentance. This call is one to an honest and authentic understanding of our self and of God. Our repentance is what reminds us that we are “dust.” In this there is great freedom. Read more »

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Repentance in the early church

February 20th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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The call to a change of heart and a change of life was a hallmark of the ministry of Jesus, of his forerunner, John the Baptist, and of his apostles. And the Lenten season, which has been part of the Christian year from the earliest days of the church, has always made repentance its centerpiece.

But if we take a good look at the way the early church approached sin, repentance and the Lenten season, we notice some significant differences from the way American Catholics of the 21st century ordinarily approach these things. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Lenten series: Repentance

February 20th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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A woman prays during Ash Wednesday Mass March 1, 2017, at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston. Lent presents Catholics with an opportunity and an obligation to examine where their lives are modeling the Lord’s example and where they are failing to help bring about the kingdom of God. (CNS photo/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald)

According to the early Fathers of the Church, all true repentance must begin with humility. To take our eyes off others’ sins and instead to admit our own is an act of humility.

In our faults we come to know more profoundly the love of God. Repentance then is to live within the dialogue of salvation.

Lent is a time to delve deeply into our lives during this season of penance and give a thorough look at what our values are and how we live them out each day.

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 18

February 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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First Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

1) Gn 9:8-15

Psalm 25:4-9

2) 1 Pt 3:18-22

Gospel: Mk 1:12-15

 

Is there anything here for me?

Previewing today’s readings, I knew right away the grooves my mind would fall into when they are read at Mass.

First we will hear about God promising Noah not to send any more floods and setting the rainbow in the sky as a reminder to himself. Funny, I think, how there weren’t any rainbows before that. Read more »

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