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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Jeremiah, Chapter 10, Verse 5-7
5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, they cannot speak; They must be carried about, for they cannot walk. Do not fear them, they can do no harm, neither can they do good. 6 No one is like you, LORD, you are great, great and mighty is your name. 7 Who would not fear you, King of the nations, for it is your due! Among all the wisest of the nations, and in all their domains, there is none like you.

Our idols are not real they are like scarecrows appearing real but are not. Yet, even in our foolishness the Lord our God calls us to His service. This is the message of St. Therese of Lisieux that we are all called and we should have great confidence and humility seeking to bring the kingdom in small ways and asking our Lord to multiply our efforts. The greatest way we can bring about the Kingdom is in our own families. This is the reason Pope Francis made such efforts to attend the family symposium in Philadelphia in 2015.

Yes, families are under attack from a secular world, a media that continually pushes instant gratification and sensuality and of course Satan and his followers.
The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid because Our Lady has already crushed his head and anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way. (Sister Lucia of Fatima)
Our Lord will not abandon us and tells us to trust in him.

Entrust everything to Me and do nothing on your own, and you will always have great freedom of spirit. No circumstances or events will ever be able to upset you. Set little store on what people say. Let everyone judge you as they like. Do not make excuses for yourself, it will do you no harm. (Diary of Sister Faustina, 1685)

Preparing for Battle[1] Know Your Weapons

The weapon of Sacred Sacramentals 

·         Sacramentals include certain actions, such as the Sign of the Cross and other blessings, as well as objects that have been blessed, such as holy water, oil, salt, candles, incense, rosaries, crucifixes, scapulars, and religious images.
·         In an exorcism, the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the Devil’s power and withdrawn from his dominion.
·         The Sign of the Cross is the most terrible weapon against the Devil.
·         The Church displays images of the cross so that we can have it continually in front of our minds to recall to us just what our souls are worth and what they cost Jesus Christ.
·         Blessings and blessed objects. Both the blessings that are properly given by clergy (such as those in the Liturgy) and the blessings spoken by lay people as part of their daily lives (such as a table grace) are important sacramentals.

Today imagine that God came to you and said you can move back time for one hour for any moment in your life. What would you change? Think of that before going to confession.

 Fourth Sunday of Lent (a.k.a. Laetare, or Mid-Lent Sunday)[2]

A note of joy is struck, for having died to sin with Christ during Lent, we will rise again with Him and be part of His mystical Body, the Church which is the new Jerusalem. Thus the Introit: "Rejoice, Jerusalem."

The Second Scrutiny

On this Sunday is celebrated the second scrutiny in preparation for the Baptism of the catechumens who are to be admitted to the Sacraments of Christian Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

Invitation to Silent Prayer

After the homily the elect and their godparents come before the celebrant. The celebrant first addresses the assembly of the faithful, inviting them to pray in silence. The celebrant invites the elect to pray.

Celebrant:        Elect of God, bow your heads (or kneel down) and pray. (While prayer is being said for the elect, the godparents place their right hand on the shoulder of the one they are sponsoring.
All pray for some time in silence. Then the community and the elect stand for the intercessions.)

Intercessions for the Elect

The celebrant addresses the assembly of the faithful in the following words.

Celebrant:      Let us pray for these elect whom God has called, that they may remain faithful to him and boldly give witness to the words of eternal life.
Reader:           That, trusting in the truth of Christ, they may find freedom of mind and heart and preserve it always, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:           That, preferring the folly of the cross to the wisdom of the world, they may glory in God alone, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:           That freed by the power of the Spirit, they may put all fear behind them and press forward with confidence, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:           That transformed in the Spirit, they may seek those things that are holy and just, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: That all who suffers persecution for Christ’s name may find their strength in him; let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: That those families and nations prevented from embracing the faith may be granted freedom to believe the Gospel, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: That we who are faced with the values of the world may remain faithful to the spirit of the Gospel, let us pray to the Lord: R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: That the whole world, which the Father so loves, may attain in the Church complete spiritual freedom, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Nineveh 90 Day 70
·         Manhood of the Master-Day 1 week 7
·         Lenten Calendar Day 26
·         Do 40 min. in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
·         Please pray for me and this ministry

[1]Thigpen, Paul. Manual for Spiritual Warfare. TAN Books.

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