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Spiritual Exercises for Lent: Day 19

Spiritual Exercises for Lent: Day 19

Watch a good Catholic Film, such as:
Vision of the Most Holy Trinity www.thecalltofatima.com1) The Call to Fatima (2007,All Regions, Universal, available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Ebay.ie and directly from producers via PayPal, just email srluciacalltofatima@gmail.com)

2) Bernadette (Sydney Penny)

3) Don Bosco (2004)

4) The Way (2010, Martin Sheen)

5) The Human Experience (2008)   book and dvds  

 

 

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Spiritual exercises for Lent: Day 8

Picture 040Spiritual exercises for Lent: Day 8

Develop your talents!

As Pope Francis urges  us  “not to bury your talents; do not bury the gifts that God has given you”

Pope Benedict XVI reflects on 40 days of Lent

Pope: Lent a time for mature decisions

The 40 days of Lent, reflecting Christ’s 40 days in the desert, were the focus of Pope Benedict XVI’s catechesis this Ash Wednesday. Speaking to pilgrims in the Paul VI audience hall, the Holy Father reflected on the condition of the pilgrim Church in the “desert” of the world and history. 

Pope said, that the period of 40 days “does not represent an exact chronological time, divided by the sum of the days. Rather it indicates a patient perseverance, a long trial, a sufficient period to see the works of God, a time within which we must make up our minds and to decide to accept our own responsibilities without additional references. It is the time for mature decisions”.

Pope Benedict also said: “In this “desert” we believers certainly have the opportunity to profoundly experience God, an experience that makes the spirit strong, confirms the faith, nourishes hope, animates charity; an experience that makes us partakers of Christ’s victory over sin and death through the Sacrifice of love on the Cross.

But the “desert” is also the negative aspects of the reality that surrounds us: the arid, the poverty of words of life and of values, secularism and the materialist culture, which shut people within a horizon of mundane existence, robbing them of all reference to transcendence. And this is also the environment in which the sky above us is obscured, because covered by the clouds of egoism, misunderstanding and deception. Despite this, even for the Church of today the period in the desert can be transformed into a time of grace, because we have the certainty that even from the hardest rock God can bring forth the living water that refreshes and restores”.

For the full version of the Holy Father’s catechises, please go to http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=565261

O Gloriosa Domina

                                  Jesus, Son of Mary www.thecalltofatima.com             O GLORIOSA DOMINA

                                       Hail most high, most humble one!

                                       Above the world; below thy Son,

                                       Whose blush the moon beauteously mars

                                       And stains the timorous light of stars.

                                       He that made all things, had not done,

                                       Till He had made Himself thy son.

                                       The whole world’s Host would be thy guest

                                       And board Himself at thy rich breast.

                                       O boundless hospitality!

                                       The Feast of all things feeds on thee.

                                       Let hearts and lips speak loud and say

                                       Hail door of life and source of day!

                                       The door was shut, the fountain sealed;

                                       Yet light was seen and life revealed.

                                       The door was shut, yet let in day,

                                       The fountain sealed, yet life found way.

                                       Glory to Thee, great virgin’s Son,

                                       In bosom of thy Father’s bliss.

                                       The same to Thee, sweet Spirit be done.

                                       As ever shall be, was and is.

                                                                         (Richard Crashaw 1612-1649)

              

“Pray the Rosary every day!” asked Our Lady in Fatima

Sister Lucia was asked by Our Lady of Fatima to pray the Rosary every day![During the very first apparition, on 13th May, 1917, Our Lady asked: “Pray the Rosary every day!” , and this request was to be repeated by her every month until October.

So, calling to mind the insistence with which God, by means of the Fatima Message, recommends the prayer of the Rosary, and also all that the Church’s Magisterium has said about it over the years, we can conclude that the Rosary is a form of vocal prayer which, in general, suits all of us, for which we should have the highest regard, and which we should make the greatest effort never to abandon…

I assure you that the Rosary is a biblical prayer and that it is part of the sacred Liturgy

The saying of the Rosary is the form of prayer which has been most recommended by all the Popes who served the Church in recent centuries.

His Holiness John Paul II expressed his intimate feelings, and his way of living the prayer of the Rosary in these words of 29th October, 1978: “A prayer marvellous in its simplicity and in its depth! In this prayer, we repeat over and over again the words which the Virgin Mary heard from the Archangel and from her cousin Elizabeth. The whole Church joins in these words. (…) At the same time our heart can include in these decades of the Rosary all the events which go to make up the life of the individual, the family, the nation, the Church, and the whole of humanity. Thus the simple prayer of the Rosary marks the rhythm of human life.(…) A prayer which is so simple and so rich! I cordially exhort all to pray it”. ]

This fragment is taken from the book “Calls from the Message of Fatima” written by Sister Lucia, page 270

What is your testimony regarding a prayer of the Rosary? We would like to hear your thoughts. Please share a Message of Hope.

Prayer.Sacrifice.Union.

“Pray and make sacrifices so that our whole life may be a holocaust offered to God on the arms of our day-to-day cross, in union with the Cross of Christ, for the salvation of souls, co-operating with Him in his redemptive work as members of his Mystical Body, the Church, which works, prays and suffers in intimate union with its Head for the redemption of humanity.”

Sister Lucia,  page 103 book “Calls from the Message of Fatima”

The Power of Prayer by Sister Lucia

Prayer is necessary for all, and we must all pray, whether our prayer is vocal, mental or contemplative.
Vocal prayer– that is addressed to God in words.
Mental prayer– talk to God about the subject on which you are meditating, for example, an increase in faith, humility, charity or a spirit of sacrifice, in order to overcome our repugnances and difficulties, defects and temptations.
Contemplative prayer– even closer intimacy with God, in which those practising in it enter more deeply into presence of God within them, abandoning themselves more intimately to the work of the grace, light and love of God within them. Wrapped in a supernatural atmosphere, the soul allows itself to be imbued, raised up and transformed by the action of God within it, purifying and absorbing it.

There is another kind of prayer: it is the “Prayer of our work”, of the performance of all the duties in our state in life in a spirit of humble submission to God, because it was He who imposed on us the law of work.
There is nothing on earth which can be compared to the happiness experienced by a soul in intimate union with God!
“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened to you (Mt7, 7-8)

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