Walsingham Lent – 2015


March the month of Saint Joseph contains as well two festivals of Our Lady: that of her Annunciation to be celebrated on Wednesday, the 25th; and immediately following on Friday, the 27th, being the Friday before Passion Sunday, the feast of the Seven Sorrows of the BVM.  At Saint James Mass will be sung on the feast of the Annunciation starting at 6:30 in the evening.

I trust and pray you are attempting by God’s grace to keep a Holy Lent, fortified by increased prayer and meditation; chastened by fasting that our souls may be freed to be given to acts of charity in following the example of Our Lord in caring for His people with His compassion and love.
I have been using the Parables of Jesus as found in the Gospels as guides for my daily meditation during Lent.  There are 24 of them which will take me a bit more than half way through the season.  The book “Hints of Heaven” by Fr. George Rutler continues to provide a bit of structure for these meditations containing much “food for thought.”  I offer the following:
“Christ comes under the roofs of churches many times in our hardened days without finding tears of confession of sin.  A broken generation has grown up ignorant of the confessional…people who say there are no easy answers aren’t looking hard enough.  Confession s not easy but it is simple.  He who forgives sins is Christ the High Priest, worshiupped by the Church when she is Catholic enough to wash Christ’s feet with her tears and anoint them with the luster of His own priesthood.”
Parable: Luke 7:36-50
and then from CS Lewis
“Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.”
“No one becomes a saint by wanting to be one; it happens by loving God.”
Blessed Lent!

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