"...Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned." Ps. 51
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
May the Mercy, Grace, and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ be abundantly upon you and your loved ones, always!
In just a few short weeks, we will begin our annual spiritual practices of Lent. Lent is a time for us to reflect upon our faith and spiritual journeys and ponder deeply how we have loved like the Father. It is a time to ponder how we have reached out to the littlest among us, and have helped in some small way to meet their needs whether it be physical, spiritual, or emotional.
Lent is a time for us to reflect on the areas of our lives for which we need to express forgiveness to those who have hurt us and at the same time, we need to seek and ask forgiveness of those whom we have injured.
Lent is that moment set aside by the Church, which can assist us to grow in deeper knowledge of and communion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Some possibilities to consider would be to spend more time in quiet, turning off the television, spending time reading a chapter of the scriptures each day, perhaps volunteering at the local food bank to help families in need, and maybe starting a family devotion In your homes with your children recitation of the rosary one day a week and calling that family time. Over time, the recitation of the rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary can increase and become a great virtue for you and your children.
Additionally, being that our Holy Father, Pope Francis has declared this the Year of Mercy, it would be a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the Divine Mercy Chaplet to ask that we are all immersed in the Divine Love of the our Loving Lord and to share that with all we meet.
So, let us not merely treat Lent like we always do by giving up "things" nut perhaps we can use this time to go into the deserts of our hearts and examine those places where we need healing, strength, and love to become transformed for our former ways to life. In doing so, Easter will have a far more powerful impact upon us and we can begin to see the great joy and love that comes from being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
It is my hope and prayer that you may grow in this great Lenten Season and encounter that great love and mercy of the Father so that you may be able to carry your cross with joy and lead others by your love of Him who died for you! Lets make this season of Lent the best it can be!
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Readings for the Week of January 31, 2016 Sunday: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19/Ps 71:1-6, 15-17/1 Cor 12:31--13:13 or 13:4-13/Lk 4:21-30 Monday: 2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13/Ps 3:2-7/Mk 5:1-20 Tuesday: Mal 3:1-4/Ps 24:7-10/Heb 2:14-18/Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32 Wednesday: 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17/Ps 32:1-2, 5-7/Mk 6:1-6 Thursday: 1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12/1 Chr 29:10-12/Mk 6:7-13 Friday: Sir 47:2-11/Ps 18:31, 47, 50-51/Mk 6:14-29 Saturday: 1 Kgs 3:4-13/Ps 119:9-14/Mk 6:30-34 Next Sunday: Is 6:1-2a, 3-8/Ps 138:1-5, 7-8/1 Cor 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11/Lk 5:1-11
Observances for the Week of January 31, 2016 Sunday: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Monday: Tuesday: Presentation of the Lord; Candlemas; Groundhog Day Wednesday: Blaise, Bishop and Martyr; Ansgar, Bishop Thursday: Friday: Agatha, Virgin and Martyr Saturday: Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs Next Sunday: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Knights of Columbus Council here at St. Helen of the Cross will be promoting the devotion to the Blessed Mother by praying the Rosary before all the Masses when there is a fifth Sunday in the month. All Knights are especially encouraged to attend and wear their council shirt if they have one.
St. Helen Knights of Columbus Council #13841 meets every third Tuesday of the month.