|Jesus would die for the nationand not for
this nation only, but to gather into one all the dispersed children of God. (John
Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than
the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself
consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the
coldness, illuminates the mind with its light, and causes me to know your truth. And I
know that you are beauty and wisdom itself. The food of angels, you gave yourself to man
in the fire of your love. .... Saint Catherine of Siena
Q: Why do we fast and abstain during Lent?
A:We fast and abstain: Because Jesus told us to. "Unless the grain of wheat
fall into the ground and die, it remains alone; but if it dies, it will produce much
fruit." Unless you do penance you shall all likewise perish. Whoever does not
renounce all that he has, cannot be my disciple. The Christian must take up his Cross
daily and follow Christ. Walk in the spirit and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.
St. Paul says, those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and
desires. If you live according to the flesh, you will die. Whoever seeks to lose his life,
will gain it. Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Many live as enemies of the Cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their
belly. And their glory is their shame, with minds set on earthly things. If anyone will
come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. You have
died and your life is hid with Christ in God. Enter by the narrow gate for the gate is
wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction and those who enter it are many. For
the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are
Deliberately count your BLESSINGS in a prayerful way today.
Hear, Lord, the prayers we offer from contrite hearts. Have pity on us as we
acknowledge our sins. Lead us back to the way
of holiness. Protect us now and always from the wounds of sin. May we ever keep safe in
all its fullness the gift your love once
gave us and your mercy now restores. Amen.