From Today’s Readings:
Monday of the Third Week of Lent
Verse Before The Gospel PS 130:5, 7
I hope in the LORD, I trust in his word;
with him there is kindness and plenteous redemption.
Even now and as we grow older, our faith can grow through our experiences, especially if we can tune in and recognize those moments either as they happen or when we look back on them. Many times, those moments can feel like interruptions as they occur. But when we look back we may realize they were moments of grace.
Most of us inherited our faith. It was bequeathed to us by previous generations. We were brought to the baptismal font as infants. We grew up in the church. We were tutored in the basic truths of the faith. We were fortunate if we saw those truths exemplified in our families. Loving parents, fellow Christians, clergy and other model adults made the idea of a loving God believable. The necessity of sharing with our brothers and sisters – siblings – planted in us the seeds of generosity and sharing. Receiving fair treatment along life’s way helped us to learn to trust. By being forgiven we learned to forgive others while learning that we are loved by God despite our mistakes. In other words, Christian faith was a part of our development. It was natural to become a follower of Jesus Christ. We cannot remember when Christianity was not a part of our lives.Bishop Joseph Perry: ‘Come and See’
God bless your day.
Frank’s Photo of the Week
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):
“With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity — that the peoples of this world are our brothers and sisters, that we are all one family under God.
God does not abandon us, he goes with us even now in this time of trial and testing. In this moment, it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor. Let us draw closer to one another in our love for him, and rediscover the things that truly matter in our lives.
United with our Holy Father Pope Francis, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. May God console them and grant them peace.
We pray also for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders. May God grant them courage and prudence as they seek to respond to this emergency with compassion and in service to the common good.
In this time of need, I invite all the faithful to seek together the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and I share this prayer with you (PDF).”
Thanks for Reading.
Make it a great week. See you back here again next Monday.
Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director
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