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Daily Prayer for Monday, June 26, 2017

Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in thanksgiving for your favors, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.

Religious Brothers Day: May 1, 2017

The Brothers Think Tank has announced the first-ever Religious Brothers Day will be held May 1, 2017, on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.
All religious brothers will be recognized during this national virtual event with special content hosted on yearforconsecratedlife.com.
Following the publication of the Vatican document on the “Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church,” a committee was formed to plan the celebration, which will include prayer services and tributes to jubilarian brothers from lay and mixed communities and institutes of apostolic life, as well as other activities that are in the works.
A prayer card was commissioned specifically for this celebration and focuses on the vocation of brothers—a gift given by God, received by the brothers, and shared with others.

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Resources for Lent: Featured Website of the Day: Catholic Online

Only Catholic Online, located at www.catholic.org, gives the largest and broadest population of Catholics worldwide easy access to comprehensive, educational and timely information about Catholicism, and provides a range of easy methods to integrate their faith into their daily lives. The mission of Catholic Online (COL) is to accurately represent the Catholic religion: its “past” and present. Today, Catholic Online provides over five million pages of content including the largest online historical and biblical database about the Catholic Church including comprehensive information about over 7,000 Catholic saints and comprehensive online scriptures from all books of the Old and New Testament.

To go to the website, click here.

Resources for Lent: Cool ideas for Lent

OUTSIDE THE BOX: 66 THINGS TO GIVE UP OR TAKE UP FOR LENT (IN BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, AND ADVANCED)

Through my various Lenten fails over the years, I’ve learned a different way of approaching Lent. In our house, we now view Lent as a time to try adding or taking away things from our personal and family lives to see if we are improved. We make it a time, not of suffering (necessarily) but rather of increased focus on God and others and decreased focus on self and personal comfort. I have found that I can take up or give up just about anything, no matter how big or small, and use it as a reminder to pray more and love more. With that in mind, here are 66 ideas of things to consider giving up or taking up, in beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, for beginning, intermediate, and advanced Lents.

No surprise: Strong prayer life influences decision to become sister, brother, nun, priest

WASHINGTON—Nearly all of the religious men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2016 had a strong prayer life prior to entering their religious institute, according to a survey on men and women religious conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. The survey results were released February 2, to coincide with the annual celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV) commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) to conduct the annual survey of the religious profession class of 2016.

Seeking Holiness – Find it in the Silence: Homily for January 17, 2017

What does it mean to be holy? How does a person become holy? Today we seek holiness. Today this is done by looking at the life of Saint Anthony, Abbot. This is not Saint Anthony of Padua, the well known saint for lost objects, but a hermit from the early Church who was known for his holiness. His pathway to holiness might seem extreme to us today, as he went out into the desert for silence and solitude. He lived alone. That said, he often traveled to find others who were holy, and when successful, he sought to discover what they did to be holy. He sought to imitate their actions, their asceticism, and indeed their attitudes in his own quest for holiness. It can be quite difficult today to find silence and solitude in the midst of those duties as parents, as those who care for children and who work for a living. It can even be difficult for those engaged in full time ministry. But, finding some way to block out those things that take away from our faith is important if we are to grow closer to God and become holy. Let us ask God to help us to embrace the silence.

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent: Have you heard? (December 7, 2016)

“Have you heard?” This question can be quite popular. It may signal some wonderful piece of big news.  Sometimes, the news is gossip.  Sometimes, the news is major, something tragic or happy. Whatever, this question get attention.  People want to know the latest news.  No one wants to be left out. 
In many respects, today’s first reading is about this question.  Have you heard? What big news follows this question? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth.  Wow.  That’s big.  Have you heard?  When was the last time you asked someone this question  as a faith question? Have you heard? God is the eternal God. Have you heard? God has created the world.  Share your faith.  Ask the question. 
Most of us have friends, acquaintances, and others who may not believe.  They may not know God id the Lord, the eternal God, the creator of the ends of the earth.  They may not be aware that God longs to comfort, to heal, to provide rest.  God longs to remove from us our burdens, and those things that make us weary.  So, have you heard?  God is looking for you.  God wants to enter into an eternal relationship, because God is the Lord.

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