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Monday, February 21, 2022

 Monday

NOVENA TO THE HOLY FACE-day 2- PRESIDENTS DAY 

Psalm 103, Verse 11

For as the heavens tower over the earth, so his mercy towers over those who FEAR him. 

The earth is indeed blessed among all the planets in our solar system because of our heaven. As the heavens have made the earth a garden rich with life like so is God grace over those who are faithful and love Him. 

Never forget our Lord asked Peter if he loves Him three times.  One time for each of the times Peter denied our Lord on the eve of His crucifixion thus nullifying Peter’s denials and restoring him. Christ asks Peter with each affirmation to 1) feed His lambs 2) tend His sheep and 3) feed His sheep.  

First Christ asked Peter if he loves Him more than the others thus establishing Peters leadership on love. Next Christ tells Peter to feed His lambs to give them a core of strength. If we wish to develop strength in ourselves and others it is imperative that we give hope, confidence, a work ethic, resilience, self-control and courage to the lambs in our charge. 

Secondly Christ asks Peter to “tend His sheep” or that is to give a firm purpose to direct their efforts to create the Kingdom of God. 

Lastly Christ asks Peter to “Feed His sheep” by having an understanding heart and to be compassionate, faithful, merciful, tolerant, forgiving and generous. 

How God Raises a Leader[1] (Psalm 103: 1-5) 


1.     God pardons (v.3) leaders must push past shame or blame.

2.     God heals (v.3) they must become healthy and be liberated from old wounds.

3.     God redeems (v.4) they see their abilities and personality redeemed.

4.     God crowns (v.4) they are given gifts and a place to serve.

5.     God satisfies (v.5) they feel satisfied and fulfilled as they live out their role.

 

 

Natural Leadership vs. Spiritual Leadership

 

Natural Leader

Spiritual Leader

 

  1. Self-Confident
  1. Confident in God
  1. Knows Men
  1. Knows God
  1. Makes own decisions
  1. Seeks to find God’s will
  1. Ambitious
  1. Self-Sacrificing
  1. Originates own methods
  1. Finds and follows God’s methods
  1. Enjoys commanding others
  1. Servant of all
  1. Motivated by self-interest
  1. Motivated by love of God and Man
  1. Independent
  1. God-dependent
  1. Gets power through personality
  1. Empowered by the Holy Spirit
  1. Cowboy driving the herd
  1. Shepard leading the flock

 Jesus led his disciples from being natural leaders to being spiritual leaders who were not afraid of asking questions and or the answer they may get. As a result, they transformed the earth through good works and humility:

 

Jesus said to his disciples, "Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men." But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying. 

NOVENA TO THE HOLY FACE

DAILY PREPARATORY PRAYER

Most Holy and Blessed Trinity, through the intercession of Holy Mary, whose soul was pierced through by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the passion of her Divine Son, we ask your help in making a perfect Novena of reparation with Jesus, united with all His sorrows, love and total abandonment.

We now implore all the Angels and Saints to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena to the Most Holy Face of Jesus and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Second Day

Psalm 51, 5-6a.
My offenses truly I know them; My sin is always before me. Against you, you alone, have I sinned; what is evil in your sight I have done.

Most Holy Face of Jesus, we are truly sorry that we have hurt you so much by constantly doing what is wrong; and for all the good works we have failed to do. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Saint Joseph, intercede for us, help us to console the Most Holy Face of Jesus. Pray that we may share in the tremendous love Thou hast for one another and for the most Holy and Blessed Trinity. Amen.

Through the merits of your precious blood and your Holy Face, O Jesus, grant us our petition, Pardon and Mercy.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, all powerful God of love, Thou who didst fill the Virgin Mary with grace, Thou who didst wonderfully transform the hearts of the apostles, Thou who didst endow all Thy martyrs with a miraculous heroism, come and sanctify us, illumine our minds, strengthen our wills, purify our consciences, rectify our judgments, set our hearts on fire and preserve us from the misfortune of resisting Thine inspirations. We consecrate to Thee our understanding, our heart and our will, our whole being for time and for eternity. May our understanding be always submissive to Thy heavenly inspirations and to the teachings of Thy Holy Catholic Church, of which Thou art the infallible guide; may our heart be ever inflamed with love of God and neighbor; may our will be ever conformed to the divine will, and may our whole life be a faithful imitation of the life and virtues of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and Thee be honor and glory forever. Amen

Pray one (1) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary’s, (1) Glory Be.
O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine, be every adoration Thine. (Three times)

President's Day[2]

President's Day, or Washington's Birthday as it is still legally known, was originally designed as a celebration of George Washington's birthdate.  In 1880, Congress voted to make this the first national holiday which honored an individual.  In 1968, Congress enacted the Uniform Monday Bill, to give workers as many long weekends as possible. This moved as many holidays as possible to a standard Monday each year.  Many states were already honoring Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12th, and this celebration was combined with George Washington's birthday, for one federal holiday.  It is observed on the third Monday in February each year.

President's Day Facts

·       According to the Julian calendar, Washington was born February 11, 1732.  The Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752, changing Washington's Birthday to February 22.

·       Since 1888, Washington's Farewell Address has been read aloud in the U.S. Senate on February 22nd.

·       George Washington was the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, first U.S. President, and President of the Constitutional Convention.

·       Presidents Day never falls on Washington's actual birthdate (Feb. 22).  The third Monday in February can never be any later than February 21st.

President's Day Top Events and Things to Do

·       Visit Mt. Vernon, VA, Washington's ancestral home and place of both he and his wife Martha's tomb.  Admission is free on President's Day.

·       Go shopping for a car.  Presidents’ day weekend typically features some of the best car deals of the year as dealers try to clear out prior-year inventory.

·       Read George Washington's Farewell Address and reflect on his contributions to United States.

·       Read Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and reflect on his contributions to the United States.

·       Visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

Salute the Presidents

What better way to celebrate President's Day than with a trip to Mount Rushmore. This national memorial in South Dakota features the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Take Someone Out to the Ballpark 

Starting February 21

One of the first signs that spring is on the way is the beginning of
Major League Baseball’s spring training camps. Spring training games are a great way to see up-and-coming players as well as the seasoned veterans up close in smaller stadiums; plus, the ticket prices are more affordable than the regular season. The Grapefruit League (Florida) and the Cactus League (Arizona) both start in late February and continue through opening day in early April.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church: cont.

 

I. The life of man: knowing and loving God

 

3   Those who, with the help of God, have accepted the call of Christ and have responded freely to it, feel for their part urged by the love of Christ to announce the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure received from the Apostles has been faithfully guarded by their successors. All Christ's faithful are called to transmit him from generation to generation, announcing the faith, living it in fraternal communion and celebrating it in the liturgy and in prayer (cf. Acts 2:42).

 

Daily Devotions 

·       Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: For the intercession of the angels and saints

·       54 Day Rosary for Priest’s and Religious Day 2   


Total Consecration to St. Joseph Day 6


·       Manhood of the Master-week 1 day 2



·       Monday: Litany of Humility

·       Drops of Christ’s Blood

·       Universal Man Plan




[1]John Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Bible

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