Catholic Prayers for the New Evangelization
"Catholic Prayers for the New Evangelization"
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Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Just finished renewal of consecration to Mary with Fr Michael Gaitley s 33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY. Highly recommend it for deepening your intimate relationship with Mary and Jesus. Pray for success of consecration for priests. Pray the Lord guides my writing and editing.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
In the readings from yesterday and today we hear about the destructive effects of deadly sins: greed envy jealousy anger sloth. The brothers of Joseph are envious because he is the child of their fathers old age and their father loves him in a special way. They forget the blessings they received from God and from their father in their own childhood and as grown men they are jealous of their little brother. Their jealousy grows so strong that they hate him and they are willing to kill him and they sell him into slavery. They hate him so much they will not even greet him. The vineyard workers in yesterday's gospel are lazy and do not want to provide the fruit for their master and they are greedy and they want all the produce for themselves. The Pharisees in today's reading are angry and jealous because Jesus spends time with the tax collectors and sinners. The older brother in today's Gospel is angry and jealous because his father is kind to his sinful little brother when he comes home having wasted his inheritance. It all of these cases hardened hearts prevent these individuals from seeing and appreciating the blessings of God in their lives and in the lives of others. Their anger envy jealousy and greed harden their hearts and turn them away from God and others and inward to themselves. When in our families our schools our workplaces and our parishes we allow deadly sins to corrupt we are hardened in our hearts and we are separated from God. These deadly sins become wounds in our souls that the Evil One uses to further destroy us. In this Lenten season we need to purify our hearts of these deadly sins by looking outward two others needs and upward with gratitude for all God has given us. We need to stop comparing and being angry at what others have that we do not because when we do that we show tremendous ingratitude for the goodness of God and the lack of appreciation for His divine providence.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
As the snow and rain accomplish the watering of the crops, the Scripture tells us, so God's Word is powerful and effective, achieving His purpose and not ending in emptiness. We see the effect and power of God's Word in the creation of the world and even more so when the Father sends Jesus who is the mind, the voice and the Word of God in the flesh. He speaks God's Word in the midst of our human experience. He accomplishes our salvation by His Paschal Mystery. We are nourished by God's Word by feeding on "every word that comes out of his mouth" and praying the words that Jesus gave us in the Our Father. Then, we too begin to speak words that are effective because they are inspired by the power of God's own Word. But if we only feed on words like political talking points and self help books and false words from those who lead us astray then we are not nourished by God. We put other words ahead of God's Word and we will fail in our search for fulfillment in life and our calling to share the Word with others.
Friday, March 07, 2014
A beautiful reflection on prayer including reflections on salt and light two of my favorite of the Lord's metaphors.
Prayer and converse with God is a supreme good: it is a partnership and union with God. As the eyes of the body are enlightened when they see light, so our spirit, when it is intent on God, is illumined by his infinite light. I do not mean the prayer of outward observance but prayer from the heart, not confined to fixed times or periods, but continuous throughout the day and night.
Our spirit should be quick to reach out toward God not only when it is engaged in meditation; at other times also, when it is carrying out its duties, caring for the needy, performing works of charity, giving generously in the service of others, our spirit should long for God, and call him to mind, so that these works may be seasoned with the salt of God’s love, and so make a palatable offering to the Lord of the universe. Throughout the whole of our lives we may enjoy the benefit that comes from prayer if we devote a great deal of time to it.
Prayer is the light of the spirit, true knowledge of God, mediating between God and man. The spirit, raised up to heaven by prayer, clings to God with the utmost tenderness; like a child crying tearfully for its mother, it craves the milk that God provides. It seeks the satisfaction of its own desires, and receives gifts outweighing the whole world of nature.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
In Deuteronomy Moses reiterates the law given at Sinai and delivers his farewell address to the people about to enter the promised land. In todays reading he gives the people a spiritual ultimatum: I set before you life and death, love God and live in prosperity or turn away from Him and die. Jesus gives is in the Gospel the path to life: follow His way of life and death. He must suffer, die and rise for that is the Father's plan. If we are to gain eternal life we must live like Him. The paradox is that denying ourselves is how we gain life and find what it means to be alive as a human person. Living only for "me" brings the loss of the true purpose of being human. We need to give our lives away for others to be fully alive and gain true life with Jesus. Today accept your cross and burdens and find the joy that comes when you forget yourself out of love for others. Then you will find who you are meant to be and life eternal wi await you.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Please visit www.hprweb.com for all the homilies of Lent by Father Matthew.
Ash Wednesday Homily
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
May God truly bless you with a holy Lent and bring you to Easter joy with minds and hearts renewed!
Simon of Cyrene is portrayed as a believer (which is not in Scripture) when he calls out to Him as “my Lord.”