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'Worship the Lord Your God, and Serve Only Him.' Sunday Reflections, 1st Sunday of Lent, Year C ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC WOMEN BLOGGERS - February 12, 2016 Three Temptations of Christ (detail) , Botticelli, 1481-82 Sistine Chapel, Vatican [ Web Gallery of Art ] Readings (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel Luke 4:1-13 ( New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition , Canada) Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he ...http://associationofcatholicwomenbloggers.blogspot.com/2016/02/worship-lord-your-god-and-serve-only.html

Lenten Feast Table WILDFLOWERS AND MARBLES - February 11, 2016 Another Lent begins! Ash Wednesday marks the start of 40 days of Lent as we work toward spiritual growth and encourage that growth in our children. It is described in different ways – a holy quarantine, a long retreat, an "acceptable time" of holy joy, and finally, Pope Benedict XIV described it as, "the bond of union within our army." Just as Our Lord, in his retirement from the world, fasted and prayed for forty days and then by His life of ...http://wildflowersandmarbles.com/2016/02/11/lenten-feast-table-2/

Lenten Retreat TO FIND FRUIT - February 10, 2016 L oyola Press offers a daily retreat through Lent: "Lenten Moment of Mercy." Messages contain links to deepen one's prayer and reflections. Anyone may subscribe to receive it in each day's email. A link to do that is at the bottom of the online Ash Wednesday "Moment ." ___________________ Wiki-image of Cross of Ashes PD-Releasehttp://findfruit.blogspot.com/2016/02/lenten-retreat.html

My Journey With the Stations of the Cross ~ a Walk of Mercy CATHOLIC HOTDISH - February 10, 2016 I have a confession to make. Since it is Lent, it seems like a good time to lay out the truth. Here goes: For as long as I can remember, I have never liked praying the Stations of the Cross! I mean I never "got" it. As a child, I remember waiting out the time repeating words I didn't understand. Later, when I taught physical education at a Catholic school, I jokingly called it "Catholic aerobics." Stand, genuflect, kneel, repeat. I suppose, as with other beautiful ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CatholicHotdish/~3/n5fvn390oR8/

Lent: A Season Set Apart THE WILD REED - February 10, 2016 The season of Lent begins today, Ash Wednesday. It's an important time and opportunity, for as Joan Chittister reminds us : Lent is a call to weep for what we could have been and are not. Lent is the grace to grieve for what we should have done and did not. Lent is the opportunity to change what we ought to change but have not. Lent is not about penance. Lent is about becoming, doing ...http://thewildreed.blogspot.com/2016/02/lent-season-set-apart.html

Reflections for the 5th Week in Ordinary Time and the Week of Ash Wednesday, Part 2 THE CATHOLIC SCHOLAR - February 10, 2016 ... Lent is a good time to reflect on our choices. Which direction are we heading? Are we willing to let go of the world and gain Heaven? Will we save our lives in the short term only to lose them for eternity? Moses offers us some good advice as we face our daily decisions during this Lent and always: "Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding His voice, and holding fast to Him." Friday – Contrition and ...http://thecatholicscholar.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflections-for-5th-week-in-ordinary_10.html

Ash Wednesday: All Other Loves Will Enslave Us If They Are Not Ordered to Him HAPPY CATHOLIC* - February 10, 2016 http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2016/02/ash-wednesday-all-other-loves-will.html

Thoughts for Lent - Prayer or Penance? (both) PONDERED IN MY HEART - February 10, 2016 http://ponderedinmyheart.typepad.com/pondered_in_my_heart/2016/02/god-certainly-gives-us-the-grace-to-overcome-our-evil-tendencies-but-we-must-also-use-our-own-efforts-which-consist-in-volu.html

Four Ways to Make This Lent Matter CATHOLIC TECH TALK - February 9, 2016 As Catholics, we often see Lent as a time where we are asked to "give up" something in our lives. Coffee, television, sweets, or soda—we've all given up something . Lent is a sacrifice, but rather than it simply being a feeling of giving something up, it should be a liberating experience. As we engage with our Creator and develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, we find freedom in Him. Make this Lent matter. Here are a few ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/catholictechtalk/articles/~3/i9bTqAM2hmg/

7 Simple Ways to Share Your Catholic Faith on Ash Wednesday AGGIE CATHOLIC BLOG - February 9, 2016 ... case for Communion though, so it is a good time to explain our liturgy, belief in the Eucharist, basis for Sacraments, etc. to them. If you don't know a good way to explain why a non-Catholic cannot receive the Eucharist, then this explanation should help . Discuss lent with your social media network . Most of us are connected to others through social media. With these connections come the availability and opportunity to help them come closer to Christ and His Church. So, ...http://www.aggiecatholicblog.org/2016/02/6-simple-ways-to-share-your-catholic-faith-on-ash-wednesday/

Five Ways to Survive (Actually to Thrive) This Lent! HEART OF A MOTHER - February 9, 2016 I really had hoped to have this post up last week. Does anyone else feel like Lent is racing toward us like a freight train, giving one very little time to prayerfully prepare? Well, maybe that's a good thing that will keep me humble. If I don't have a carefully thought out plan for Lent, God can't laugh at me when the plans don't go my way, right? I want to share five ways you can have the best Lent ever! While most of these are resources ...http://heartofamother.blogspot.com/2016/02/five-ways-to-survive-actually-to-thrive.html

Best Lenten Reads for 2016 + Giveaway CATHOLIC FIRE - February 9, 2016 With Lent beginning tomorrow, February 9, on Ash Wednesday, it's time to take a look at some inspiring reading material to help us grow in holiness. Here are some suggestions: 1. The Kiss of Jesus: How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped Me to Discover the Beauty of the Cross by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle This book is ideal for Lent as it teaches us about suffering, God's grace, and living a holy life. It also touches on God's great love and mercy in ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/02/best-lenten-reads-for-2016-giveaway.html

Year of Mercy: Mercy: The Heart of the Gospel FRANCISCAN LIFE - February 8, 2016 As I indicated last month, we have a committee of sisters planning reflections for each month during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. The February reflection was prepared by Sr. Joan Dew. We hope you find it helpful for your own prayer and reflection! Last month we blessed a door in our home to commemorate the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Our awareness of being more in tune with God's loving mercy towards us calls us to witness his love and mercy to others, especially those most in ...http://franciscanlife.blogspot.com/2016/02/year-of-mercy-mercy-heart-of-gospel.html

[Video] Lenten Reflections by Cardinal Timothy Dolan & Archbishop José Gomez BIG C CATHOLICS - February 7, 2016 The following videos with Cardinal Timothy Dolan & Archbishop José Gomez are brief but profound. Cardinal Dolan, while studying in Rome, used the dome of St. Peter's to guide him as he ventured about the Eternal City. On our earthly journey during Lent, we as Catholics should use Christ and the Church in a similar fashion. Archbishop Gomez, recalling his boyhood, reminds us that Lent is a time ofhttp://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/02/video-lenten-reflections-by-cardinal.html

The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving G-MANS JOURNEY - February 7, 2016 From Catholic Exchange : The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving THOMAS MOSES For many Eastern Christians, Lent is embraced as a time for the renewal of repentance, fervent seeking after God, and increased love and concern for our neighbor. After a few weeks of preparation for Lent (also known as the Great Fast) we begin this period of bright sorrow , a forty day period leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and finally Pascha, ...http://gman59.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-call-of-lent-prayer-fasting-and.html

Reflections for the 5th Week in Ordinary Time and the Week of Ash Wednesday, Part 1 THE CATHOLIC SCHOLAR - February 7, 2016 http://thecatholicscholar.blogspot.com/2016/02/reflections-for-5th-week-in-ordinary.html

Join Me for Lent 2016 DANIELLE BEAN - February 6, 2016 Are you ready for Lent 2016? It's by planning ahead and setting goals that we make progress, whether it's in our professional lives, our family lives, or our spiritual lives. So let's do this. Together. Thousands of subscribers enjoyed receiving daily email messages from me, with prompts Think, Pray & Act , throughout Advent 2015 , and now I am offering a similar service for Lent 2016 . Are you ready to commit to growing closer to Jesus, one small, ...http://daniellebean.com/2016/02/06/lent/

Just In: A New Book to Consider for Lent HAPPY CATHOLIC* - February 6, 2016 God For Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter Editors: Greg Pennoyer and Gregory Wolfe Reflections by Scott Cairns, Kathleen Norris, Richard Rohr, Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, James Schaap, Luci Shaw, Beth Bevis, and Lauren F. Winner. By delving deeply into the Christian tradition they reveal what one theologian has called the "bright sadness" of Lent—that it is not about becoming lost in feelings of brokenness, but about ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2016/02/just-in-new-book-to-consider-for-lent.html

Lenten Reading: The Big List of Nonfiction HAPPY CATHOLIC* - February 3, 2016 Last year I read The Lord by Romano Guardini during Lent and it was transformative. This year I don't have a big book like that in my sights. I do, however, have four small books I might cycle through: Approaching Easter by Jane Williams - art and reflection Between Midnight and Dawn by Sara Arthur - daily devotional for Lent and Easter Seven Last Words by James Martin - meditations The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis - Q&A between a reporter and ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2016/02/lenten-reading-big-list-of-nonfiction.html

More Reflections on Obedience COUNTERCULTURAL FATHER - January 31, 2016 http://ccfather.blogspot.com/2016/01/more-reflections-on-obedience.html

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