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Wow: What if we did remove? Homily for Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Readings for Today

Wow.  Just imagine if we did what God said.  Removing oppression, false accusation and malicious speech.  Bestowing bread on the hungry and satisfying the afflicted. Can you imagine what we could be, what the world would be like if we did these things?  Wow.

Yet, that is what Lent is all about.  It is about allowing God to transform us so that what is amazing is not doing the things we heard in Isaiah’s reading, but that it would be amazing that anyone chose NOT to do what we heard.  Lent is about doing something, really doing something so that we can have a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Not just focusing on going to Mass, or following the rules of the Church, but doing so because we have discovered in our relationship with Jesus that going to Mass and living the Christian life is very much the way in which our relationship with Jesus can come alive!

I remember reading a book by Matthew Kelly once where he referred to the question, “Will the world ever change?”  And the answer, if I remember it was, “Not if each one of us does.”  Because, whether we like it or not, the world changes with each of the choices we make.  Choose then, a deeper relationship with Christ, so that the world and everyone in it may receive its ultimate fulfillment.

Fasting: Why do we fast? Homily for Friday, March 3, 2017

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Readings for Today

Fasting.  Well, it is Friday after Ash Wednesday and it is time to fast.  Well, more accurately, it is time to abstain from meat.  Either way, you might be wondering why it is that we do this.  Why is it we fast from things?  And why do we make a decision to abstain from meat?

These questions are common.  And these questions are the opposite of what the world tells us.  We can be tempted to give in to materialism, to greed, to selfishness, to getting more and more stuff.  After all, he who dies with the most stuff wins, right?

And yet, when love is involved, we understand why we fast.  Sacrificing is done when it benefits someone we love.  Parents sacrifice for kids.  We exercise, fasting from sitting on the couch and getting lazy.  We do not always eat what we want so that we can be healthy.  But, do we consider the fasting that is demanded by holiness?  Do we seek the Lord’s way? Do we think about God’s place in our own lives?

Fasting helps us to become more aware of the presence of God.  When we give up something for a greater good and a greater purpose, it is easier to see what God wants from us.  It is easier to look around us and to see what God gives us.  By fasting, you open our eyes to God.

Resources for Lent – Featured Website of the Day: ChurchPOP (Five Hardcore Things to Give up for Lent)

As the season of Lent approaches, you’ve no doubt given some thought to what you want to give up. Rather than taking the path of least resistance, why not consider going all out and giving up something completely ridiculous this year?

The following fasts may not be for the faint of heart, but for those of you who are willing to try them, you may just find yourselves more disciplined, and better prepared to celebrate the joys of Easter.  Look to see what ChurchPOP suggests as hardcore things to do for Lent by clicking here.

Direction: What do you want to do with your life? Homily for Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Readings for Today

Direction.  Where are you going?  What are you doing?  What do you want to do with your life? You may not remember these lyrics from Twisted Sister’s song, “We’re not gonna take it”, but I think they provide an interesting thought at the start of Lent.  What is it that you want your life to be about?  What do you want to become?  What are you hoping for in life?

The readings today for Ash Wednesday help us to understand the path to happiness.  The path to happiness is one done first between God and oneself first.  We cannot be concerned about what others think.  Do not appear to be fasting.  Go to your room and pray in silence.  Be generous without seeking approval from others.  Why is there such emphasis in the gospel about silence and solitude? Because it is so easy to allow ourselves to seek happiness in a way that depends upon what others think about what we do.

It is easier to ignore others if we are surrounded by people we like who do the same.  It is easier to join the “rat race” to wealth when we are in a culture that values such pursuits.  It is easier to seek illicit pleasures like pornography when we are behind the safety of a computer screen, convincing ourselves that “everyone does this” and that since I am behind a screen and not with someone else it does not harm anyone.  It is easy to cast aside other people as “other” when I do not know immigrants, or refugees, or Muslims, or Democrats or Republicans, or blacks, or whites or hispanics.  It is easier to avoid confronting myself if I keep myself so busy I never have to embrace silence in a noisy world.

The first reading also provides us with the guidance about the purpose of Lent too.  Lent is first about an invitation.  The prophet Joel says, “return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning.”  Why should we do this? For God is “gracious and merciful . . . slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.”  Regardless of what choices we have made in life, there can be forgiveness from God for the repentant heart.  We can heal brokenness we have caused.  We can heal actions that have used others.

But do not wait.  As Saint Paul reminds us, salvation is offered today.  “Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Resources for Lent – Yikes! Lent starts tomorrow! What do I do?

Over the past few weeks, The DePorres Pages website has been posting things you might consider for this Lent.  This list will continue to be updated over the course of Lent.  One addition will be the Lenten Resource of the Day, a suggestion about what you might do or where you might go for spiritual growth this lent.

Also, all of the resources for Lent can be accessed by going to the Menu item at the very top of the page, “Resouces for Lent.

Remember that the overall goal of Lent is to become closer to God.  And we know that to be closer to God also means loving our neighbor more.  It seems like People, even me, are just so angry these days.  Remember that the life of faith is about a peace that surpasses understanding.  Hopefully by focusing on the goals of Lent, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, you will be brought closer to this peace.  Happy Lent!

To access the complete page of Lenten resources, click here.

Resources for Lent – Life Teen 20 Weird Things to do for Lent

What to Give Up for Lent: 20 Weird Ideas

Ready to move beyond just giving up chocolate? Last year we gave you 25 Creative Ideas for Lent. This year, I thought it’d be fun to expand upon that list.

Except, if you know us at Life Teen, you know we like to make things a bit… well… more interesting. So here’s a list of weird things to do for lent. The best part is that even though they’re a bit odd, they will actually help you to be holy!

To see the list, go to the Life Teen website.

Resources for Lent – Busted Halo

Busted Halo is a unique media resource that utilizes a relevant and accessible voice to help people understand the Catholic faith, put it into practice in their everyday lives, and share it with others.

Our vision is for a more joyful and meaningful experience of Catholicism that positively impacts people’s lives. At Busted Halo, we aim to bring the joy of the Gospel to all people in innovative and creative ways. Through articles, video, podcasts, radio, and social media, we aspire to help Catholics embrace their faith more fully. We value the experiences and questions of people seeking to better understand their faith and offer resources to better comprehend and share the richness of the Catholic faith. To read the whole post, click here.

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