Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you. March is the time of Lent. What better time of year do we have in the Catholic tradition for connecting with brothers and sisters in need through prayer, fasting and alms-giving. These three ways in which we strengthen our faith, also brings us closer to our most vulnerable.
Through fasting, we recognize that fulfillment by earthly goods is not true fulfillment, and that we do well to cling less to the comforts we have so easily become accustomed to.
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In fasting, we realize how those things may keep us from true reliance on God, and how they may also create a divide between ourselves and those who go without. Through giving, new life is given to so many who come to us seeking hope. For the month of March, let us offer prayers for our brothers and sisters in need, that they may be seen and lifted up by the communities around them, and for us, that we may be made closer to our vulnerable by acknowledging our own vulnerability.
Through our prayers we open ourselves to charity, generosity towards others and self-denial to ourselves. Prayer "Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God" St. John Damascene. We communicate with God and work on our relationship with God. There are many forms of prayer that we can and should practice, both interior and exterior prayers.
Adding extra daily Masses throughout Lent would be ideal. If this is not possible, the readings from the Mass should be read and meditated upon daily. This could be done as a family, perhaps at the dinner meal. The Mass is the prayer of the Church, and the highest form of prayer. It also unites us with the whole Church in public prayer.
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A strong emphasis should be made in frequent reception of the sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance. We should learn how to daily examine our consciences.
Praying the Divine Office unites our prayers with the Liturgy of the universal Church. Usually the Stations are offered at the parish church on Fridays in Lent. They can also be prayed together as a family.
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Other Prayer Suggestions: The daily rosary, especially prayed together as a family Visits to the Blessed Sacrament Personal meditation, especially with Scripture Spontaneous short prayers or ejaculations, such as "Jesus, I trust in You. During Lent and throughout the year we need spiritual enlightenment.
We can find this through spiritual reading, both individually and as a family. This is a prerequisite to a continued growth in the spiritual life. Maria Von Trapp suggests three categories in our Lenten reading program: Something for the mind.
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We should do some research, study the papal encyclicals, read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, delve into Church history, study Catholic philosophy. Something for the soul. This should be deeper spiritual reading that gives a program, guidance, and spiritual direction, including writings of the saints like St. Teresa of Avila, St. Francis de Sales. Something for the heart.
We need inspiration.
The best way is to read biographies of Christ, Mary, saints or people who put their spiritual life into action. Scripture is an excellent source for all these categories. The Church strongly encourages study and meditative reading of the Bible. Fasting and Abstaining We must fulfill the minimum requirements of the Church for fasting and abstinence. But there are other forms of abstaining and fasting.
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