Daily Reflections in Lent

 

 

Come to the website daily and find a Scripture citing, Feast Day, Prayer and Action from USCCB and St Bernadette Ministries designed to enrich this holy time of preparation and repentence.

March 18, 2018 – Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Jesus instructed us to “Stop Judging”.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged.

When you find that you move quickly from evaluating a situation to judging a family member, friend or colleague, stop.  Stop,  read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, and know that God is Love,

“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Today’s Gospel

 

March 17, 2018 – Second Sunday of Lent

Peter, James, and John followed Jesus up the mountain. This must have been an arduous climb, because when they reached the top, “Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep.” During our Lenten climb to Calvary, we may also fall asleep to the deeper meaning of the Lenten season.We must persevere and when our eyes are dim, may our ears be open and hearts be ready to beconverted. Jesus is transfigured while they slumber, but eventually they become “fully awake, [and] they saw his glory.” Lent is about transformation!

Today’s Gospel

 

March 16, 2018 – Saturday of the First Week of Lent

St. Patrick’s feast day is tomorrow but will not be celebrated by the Church this year as his feast day falls on a Sunday.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me. 

– from St Patrick breastplate prayer

Today’s Gospel

 

 

Reflect on the Sixth Station of the Cross

I .    Jesus is condemned to death.
II.    Jesus takes up the cross.
III.   Jesus falls the first time.
IV.   Jesus meets His sorrowful mother, Mary.
V.    Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross.
VI.   Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
VII.  Jesus falls the second time.
VIII. Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem.
IX.   Jesus falls the third time.
X.    Jesus is stripped of His garments.
XI.   Jesus is nailed to the cross.
XII.  Jesus dies on the cross.
XIII. Jesus’ body is taken down from the cross.
XIV. Jesus’ body is laid to rest in the tomb.

Did you know that the norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onward? If you have younger children at home, encourage them to participate in abstinence from meat today by helping prepare a meatless meal for dinner.

March 15, 2018 – Friday of the First Week of Lent

What is the antidote for overcoming anger and rage?  Mercy, forbearance, and kindness spring from a heart full of love and forgiveness.  God has forgiven us and he calls us to extend mercy and forgiveness towards those who cause grief or harm.  Do you harbor anger toward another person?  Ask God to set you free and fill your heart and mind with his love and truth. – dailyscriptureoftheword.com

Today’s Gospel

 

March 14, 2018 – Thursday of the First Week of Lent

For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:8

The Power of Prayer – “Prayer is an all-efficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.”  Saint John Chrysostom

Today’s Gospel

 

I .    Jesus is condemned to death.
II.    Jesus takes up the cross.
III.   Jesus falls the first time.
IV.   Jesus meets His sorrowful mother, Mary.
V.    Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross.
VI.   Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
VII.  Jesus falls the second time.
VIII. Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem.
IX.   Jesus falls the third time.
X.    Jesus is stripped of His garments.
XI.   Jesus is nailed to the cross.
XII.  Jesus dies on the cross.
XIII. Jesus’ body is taken down from the cross.
XIV. Jesus’ body is laid to rest in the tomb.

Reflect on the Fifth Station of the Cross

Come to the Bilingual Penance Service today at 11am at St Bernadette’s

March 13, 2018 – Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.  Psalm 51:12-13;19

Today’s Gospel

 

March 12, 2018 – Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

The Lord’s Prayer – “Our Father!”.

Jesus “was praying at a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.'” In response to this request the Lord entrusts to his disciples and to his Church the fundamental Christian prayer.  CCC 2759

Today’s Gospel

 

Very slowly say the Lord’s Prayer. Imagine being in that “certain place” with Jesus and spend 10 minutes of quiet reflection.

Stop and think: if the Last Judgment would take place today, would you be on the side of the sheep or on the side of the goats?

March 11, 2018 – Monday of the First Week of Lent

“When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration.”— Jean Vanier

Today’s Gospel

 

March 10, 2018 – First Sunday of Lent

God is not now so long suffering in putting up with you that He will fail to be just in punishing.  Do not say then, “Tomorrow I shall be converted, tomorrow I shall please God, and all that I have done today and yesterday will be forgiven.”  What you say is true.  God has promised forgiveness if you turn back to Him. But, what He has not promised is you will have tomorrow in which to achieve your conversion.  – St. Augustine

Today’s Gospel

Our “discipline” has begun. As disciples of Jesus, we follow Him as he goes into the desert to face the temptations from the devil in this earthly life. He is our model and our source of strength, and through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and Our Father, who created each one of us in His image, we strive this Lent to respond to sin as Jesus did. We become disciplined to overcome anything in our lives that’s from the devil and keeps us apart from Jesus. We do this through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Reflect on Jesus’ response to each temptation.

 

I .    Jesus is condemned to death.
II.    Jesus takes up the cross.
III.   Jesus falls the first time.
IV.   Jesus meets His sorrowful mother, Mary.
V.    Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross.
VI.   Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
VII.  Jesus falls the second time.
VIII. Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem.
IX.   Jesus falls the third time.
X.    Jesus is stripped of His garments.
XI.   Jesus is nailed to the cross.
XII.  Jesus dies on the cross.
XIII. Jesus’ body is taken down from the cross.
XIV. Jesus’ body is laid to rest in the tomb.

March 9, 2018 – Saturday after Ash Wednesday

As we walk the Stations of the Cross either at home in our imagination or at church on Friday evenings we come to better understand that “God doesn’t take away our suffering but enters into it with us and thereby sanctifies it.”

Today we focus on Stations III and IV

“When we transform our old life and give our spirit a new image, we find it very hard and tiring to turn back from the darkness of earthly passions to the serene calm of the divine light.  We thus ask God to help us that a complete conversion may be brought about in us.”  – St. Augustine

Today’s Gospel

March 8, 2018 – Friday after Ash Wednesday

The Stations of the Cross began as a practice of pious pilgrims going to Jerusalem and retracing the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary. Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every church. Every Friday at 7pm, we deepen our understanding of Jesus’ Passion by walking with Him and prepare for Good Friday.

Today we focus on Stations I and II.

Today’s Gospel

 

 

I .    Jesus is condemned to death.
II.    Jesus takes up the cross.
III.   Jesus falls the first time.
IV.   Jesus meets His sorrowful mother, Mary.
V.    Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross.
VI.   Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
VII.  Jesus falls the second time.
VIII. Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem.
IX.   Jesus falls the third time.
X.    Jesus is stripped of His garments.
XI.   Jesus is nailed to the cross.
XII.  Jesus dies on the cross.
XIII. Jesus’ body is taken down from the cross.
XIV. Jesus’ body is laid to rest in the tomb.

March 7, 2018 – Thursday after Ash Wednesday

The Grail Prayer

“Lord Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work.

I give you my feet to go on your way.

I give you my eyes to see as you do.

I give you my tongue to speak your words.

I give you my mind that you may think in me.

I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.

Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me, your Father, and all mankind.

I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me.”

 

Today’s Gospel

 

 

Lent is a privileged time to walk in the experience of the Paschal mystery of Christ.

  Lent has a baptismal, penitential and, therefore, conversion character.

    • Baptismal because we are immersed in the mystery of Christ to participate in the life of God
    • Penitential because the fullness of God’s life we ​​have not lived because of our sin, therefore, we are invited to renounce selfishness, our indifference and our comfort so that we can die to the old man and we can be reborn as new men in Christ.
    • The fruit of our conversion will be the authentic witness of being witnesses of Christ, of his resurrection and of his victory over sin and death. Living in the fullness of charity.

 

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