Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Lent2017

Fasting

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Fasting

Friday after Ash Wednesday In a letter to his brothers in the Society of the Servants of the Poor Saint Jerome writes the following: "In his kindness, our Lord wished to strengthen your faith, for without it, as the evangelist points out, Christ could not have performed many of his miracles. He also wished to listen to your prayer, and so he ordained that you experience poverty, distress, abandonment, weariness and universal scorn....he desires to include you among his beloved sons...for this is the way he treats his friends and makes them holy. ...he is asking you to grow continually...

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How to never sin, well, almost never.

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How to never sin, well, almost never.

"In all you do, remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin." - Sirach 7:36 Lately I have been meditating a great deal on the end of my life. Since the death of my grandmother and the death of my wife's grandfather, I have taken many an opportunity to think about life, death, judgement, and what is really important. As I think back with fondness on the lives of these dear people I have a persistent thought that they are gone from this world. In due time, even their happy memory living in my heart and...

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The most wonderful time of the year!

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The most wonderful time of the year!

You know the tune... It's the most wonderful time of the year With fish fries a smelling and everyone telling you "try giving up beer" It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's the pray-prayingest season of all with weekly prayer meetings and mission priest greetings out in the church hall It's the pray-prayingest season of all There'll be stations for praying and rosaries saying And lovely desserts to forgo There'll be sacrifice stories and tales of the glories of Lenten times long, long ago It's the most wonderful time of the year There'll be much ashes showing on...

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