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Feeding on the Word of God - Joy! OUR EMMAUS WALK - April 19, 2014 ... the Holy Father is that joy comes from the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ . The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. (1, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis) The Gospel , radiant with the glory of Christ's cross, constantly invites us to rejoice . A few examples will suffice. "Rejoice!" is the angel's greeting to Mary ( ...http://ouremmauswalk.blogspot.com/2014/04/feeding-on-word-of-god-joy.html

Lazarus' Tomb CRUSADER MAXIMUS - April 16, 2014 ... given us many Gospel themes ripe for contemplation: Jesus in the desert, the Transfiguration, the Samaritan woman at the well; but no story more captured me or brought more fruit to my personal prayer life this Lent then the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the tomb. Since we have moved into our new chapel, I have found myself arriving earlier for Compline than I did before. I enjoy sitting in the dark in silent prayer. Last week as I sat in the darkened ...http://crusadermaximus.tumblr.com/post/82945639060

Lent's Almost Over and I'm Still Not a Nice Person. Thank You, Lord!  - April 14, 2014 I came to a realization over the weekend. Lent's almost over and I'm still not as nice of a person as I'd like to be. I still spend way too much time thinking about myself and way too little time trying to serve others. What went wrong? Was my Lent a failure? Is there any hope for me? After spending some time in prayer, I received a comforting answer. First, I now know that I need to work on getting to know Christ better. The fact that I can be ...http://www.followingthetruth.com/lents-almost-over-and-im-still-not-a-nice-person-thank-you-lord/

Resources for Ash Wednesday and Lent PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - April 11, 2014 T oday is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. So as to enrich your mind and answer any questions you may have about this season, I have constructed the following Q&A, as well as a list of resources with which you can learn more. I will be updating this post often as I find more articles to add. If anyone has any questions, just let me know. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Q #1: What is Ash Wednesday? A: From the Pocket Catholic Dictionary , we read: ASH WEDNESDAY. ...http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2007/02/questions-and-answers-for-ash-wednesday.html

Father Brown and the Mystery of Lent CRISIS MAGAZINE - April 10, 2014 Lent is a detective story. It is the detective story in which the soul is investigator, victim, and culprit all at once. Out of the entire year, it is during Lent that the Church demands that we confess our sins, and confession requires a full inquiry. This is just one aspect of the call to penance that marks the whole season. We are also told to be converted to God with all our heart, and to show our repentance in fasting, weeping, and mourning (Joel ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/1TnWaeKI3J0/father-brown-and-the-mystery-of-lent

Lenten Reflection for Sunday, April 6 AGGIE CATHOLICS - April 6, 2014 April 6, 2014 THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT Ezekiel 37:12-14 * Romans 8:8-11 * John 11:1-45 Our readings appear to focus on faith, death, and rising from the dead. One of the themes is that if we abide in Christ and keep faithful to God's commandments, we too will be raised from the dead to a new life in Christ, body and soul. This is foreshadowed by the prophet Ezekiel is his vision of the dry bones in our first reading, and then fulfilled by Christ in the ...http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2014/04/lenten-reflection-for-sunday-april-6_6.html

Holy Week Activities – Part 2 EYESONHEAVEN - March 31, 2014 ... toward the Sacred Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The last days we have to delve into our Lenten themes before breaking out the joy (and candy?!) of Easter! I don't know about all of you, but even though these are the most intense days of Lent, they are also the ones hardest for me to stay focused on because Easter is so close and distracting! It's a good thing that while Lent comes to a close, Easter never truly ...http://eyesonheaven.net/2014/03/31/holy-week-activities-part-2/

Mar 30 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: From Blindness to Sight AIRMARIA.COM - March 30, 2014 Homily #140330n ( 14min) Play – This Latare Sunday, Father Maximilian comments on the themes found in today's liturgies–particularly the movements from darkness to light, from blindness to sight. Let us be among those who were blind, but now see and embrace the light, and not among those who see the light, but reject it and choose to be blind. Ave Maria! Mass: Sunday 4th Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF Readings: 1st: 1sa 16:1, ...http://airmaria.com/2014/03/30/mar-30-homily-fr-maximilian-w-from-blindness-to-sight/

Year a Fourth Sunday of Lent Καθολικός διάκονος - March 30, 2014 ... which makes it an event that changes everything! Encountering Jesus Christ is what allows us to engage reality according to all the factors that make it up. The most fundamental fact of my life and yours is that God loves us, or, another way of putting it: God loves you and there's nothing you can do about it. In an article on Lent, written a number of years ago, our own Owen Cummings cited an Ash Wednesday sermon delivered by Fr. Harry Williams: It is a pity that we think of ...http://scottdodge.blogspot.com/2014/03/year-fourth-sunday-of-lent.html

Striking the Balance With Noah IMPACTING CULTURE BLOG - March 30, 2014 ... God here is that of a heavy-handed, unreasonable dictator who punishes acts of charity. You can mess with a lot of details when you take on Biblical stories, but don't mess with the nature of God. That's the most crucial detail to get right, and a lot of Christians (including myself) felt uncomfortable with a depiction that likened our God to an angry Zeus. (I also think this is where a lot of the "blasphemous" labeling comes from) (2) Plot wise, their position in the story is confusing. They ...http://www.impactingculture.com/2014/03/30/striking-balance-noah/

"The Blind Man Is the Human Race" INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - March 29, 2014 A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, March 30, 2014 Fourth Sunday of Lent Carl E. Olson Readings: • 1 Sam 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a • Psa 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 • Eph 5:8-14 • Jn 9:1-41 Scripture refers many times to the contrast between darkness and light. The first mention of this division is in the opening chapter of Genesis, in which God speaks light into being. "God saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2014/03/the-blind-man-is-the-human-race.html

Aborted Unborn Incinerated, Energy Used to Heat Hospitals THAT THE BONES YOU HAVE CRUSHED MAY THRILL - March 24, 2014 This news is shocking, macabre, disgusting, evil and inhuman. It is enough to make anyone, observing Lent or not, lose their appetite. The Daily Mail reports... 'Thousands of miscarried and aborted babies have been incinerated by NHS hospitals without their mothers' knowledge, an investigation has found. The government was forced to ban the practice after it emerged that 15,500 foetal remains have been incinerated by 27 trusts over the last two years alone. The bodies are ...http://thatthebonesyouhavecrushedmaythrill.blogspot.com/2014/03/aborted-unborn-incinerated-energy-used.html

Lenten Viewing MY MORNING CUP - March 22, 2014 During Lent we usually cut back on 'screen time', which means no computer (play) time for the boys during the week and no DVDs unless they are religious. Over the years we've collected a nice library of religiously-themed movies which our family enjoys watching at this time year. Some are undoubtedly better than others, but we have some variety and even the more cheesy Hollywood productions can evoke thought and some good conversation. Among those we've watched already ...http://hsmom-mymorningcup.blogspot.com/2014/03/lenten-viewing.html

Coloring Pages for Lent and Easter CATHOLIC FAITH EDUCATION - March 21, 2014 The Clipart Wizard Web site provides access to a large number of coloring pages on themes related to the Lenten period and to Easter: Lent - Palm Sunday - Holy Thursday - Good Friday - Easterhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/ncFE/~3/KVJyIfSQCAQ/coloring-pages-for-lent-and-easter.html

Reconciliation Lectionary: Jeremiah 7:21-26 CATHOLIC SENSIBILITY - March 19, 2014 http://catholicsensibility.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/reconciliation-lectionary-jeremiah-721-26/

Third Sunday of Lent IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - March 19, 2014 Third Sunday in Lent March 23, 2014 Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95; Romans 51-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42 All my years as a priest have taught me one thing: people thirst and are hungry and we have to find ways to nourish one another. This realization that many are thirsting for the living God in their lives determines everything else we do. Just as a parent intervenes in his children's lives when they are hungry, angry, lonely or tired, every Catholic has to become attuned to the basic ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2014/03/third-sunday-of-lent.html

Lent 2 Antiphons and Psalms CATHOLIC SENSIBILITY - March 15, 2014 ... adopted as Messianic in tone. Psalm 29 is in the Lectionary for the feast of the Baptism of the Lord–the other moment when the Father's voice affirms from heaven, and urges the hearers to listen to Jesus. The psalm itself is a hymn to God describing divine glory and power through elements of a storm. And Psalm 89 is one of the longest in the Psalter. It is not at all festive; as a whole it is classified as a lament, though it is prescribed in the Lectionary for the Chrism Mass. An ...http://catholicsensibility.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/lent-2-antiphons-and-psalms/

Please and Pleases During Lent BACK BAY VIEW - March 10, 2014 In church yesterday, my thoughts went wandering a bit, but at least they were focused on Lenten themes. I remember that the readings were about temptation and sin and the homily focused on three types of sin: sins of resentment, "I know what is wrong, but I'll do it anyway" sins, and one other type that I can't remember because my mind drifted (sins of neglect?), but instead of paying attention I was thinking on about the Pope's recommendation to use the ...http://backbayview.blogspot.com/2014/03/please-and-pleases-during-lent.html

Prayer Suggestion for Lent: Pray the "Universal Prayer" in Slow Motion ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON - March 9, 2014 I have often thought that the second greatest prayer ever written is the Universal Prayer attributed to Pope Clement XI. Most people have never heard of it. But it is magnificent. Its sweeping themes cascade like a fountain and it is comprehensive without being too detailed so that it looses its poetry. So many themes [...]http://blog.adw.org/2014/03/prayer-suggestion-for-lent-pray-the-universal-prayer-in-slow-motion/

Lent Activity: Story Writing EYESONHEAVEN - March 7, 2014 This is a simple way of helping your kids improve their writing skills and learn about the elements of a story while focusing on the importance of Lent. Does your child already know the elements of a story (character, plot, setting, theme)? If so, briefly review them. If not, refer them to a resource, such this lesson on Understanding Details about Story Elements , to help them learn the elements. Once your child is familiar with the elements of a story, tell them to write ...http://eyesonheaven.net/2014/03/07/lent-activity-story-writing/

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