Yes, it meant that I did not get to hear the morning news programs. But, what life-changing joy! So many mornings, I heard readings that I did not recall ever hearing before and each reading seemed to be selected just for me and the issue that was troubling me! I found that my stressful workdays seemed to go by more smoothly and when [things go wrong] I can bear the stress much better.
Note: Looking for some great Lenten reading? I love to read but during Lent, I only read the New Testament. The first year I did this, I was able to complete the entire New Teatament and it brought so much meaning to Holy Week. During Lent for me is to remove myself from Facebook for the 6 weeks and I do it every year.
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It is then I find time to be more committed to my daily scriptures and reflections. My life is blessed and I still find extra time to serve my Lord facilitating Bible Study and calling on the sick and lonely with patience and listening ear.. The best Lenten penance I ever did was to start going to one daily mass each week.
I now attend daily mass almost every day and I really miss it if I cannot attend. It has made an enormous difference in my prayer life! What a gift to receive Jesus every day!
Try it! A few years ago my church offered Vespers every Wednesday during Lent. Our Music Director has the most beautiful voice and was leading Vespers, so I decided to attend this extra service. My neighbor even agreed to meet me there! As it turned out, the congregation was assigned to sing different parts along with the leaders. Oh no!
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I was hoping for a beautiful concert and got mostly sing-a-long instead! John Paul II St. Joseph St. Michael the Archangel St. Sebastian St. Teresa of Calcutta St. Search for: Search. Call: In Conversation with God, Vol. In this way, the Church and each of her children are filled with joy: Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her.
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The mortifications we do during these days should not cast a shadow over our interior joy. Rather, it ought to increase it, because our Redemption is near at hand; the pouring out of love for mankind, which is the Passion, is coming and the joy of Easter will soon be upon us. We therefore feel the need to be very closely united to Our Lord, so that our lives too may reflect once more the suffering He underwent for our sakes, as well as experiencing great happiness in the attainment of the glory and joy of the Resurrection through his Passion and his Cross.
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice 5 -- and this with a cheerfulness that is real happiness, an interior joy which cannot fail to be shown outwardly as well. It is well known that there are different degrees of this 'joy'. Its most noble expression is the cheerfulness or 'happiness' in its strict sense, when someone at the level of his higher faculties finds satisfaction in the possession of a good which is recognised and loved.
All the more reason then, that such a one should experience spiritual joy and happiness when his spirit enters into the possession of God who is known and loved as his supreme and immutable good.
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For happiness has its origin elsewhere: it is a spiritual thing. Money, comfort, hygiene, material security etc, may often not be lacking, but nevertheless, despite these advantages, boredom, suffering and sadness are frequently to be found supervening in the lives of many people.
Christians understand these thoughts of the Pope very well. They are aware that joy and happiness stem from a heart that knows itself to be loved by God and which in its turn is madly in love with him.
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Moreover, it will be a heart that strives to express its love in deeds, since it knows that deeds are love -- not sweet words 8 though it knows itself to be that of a sinner, goes to the source of all forgiveness, to Christ in the sacrament of Penance. Lord, it is with great joy that we offer you the sacrifice that brings everlasting healing.
But suffering of itself alone neither transforms nor purifies. It may even be the cause of rebellion and hatred. Some Christians abandon Our Lord when they meet the Cross, because they seek a purely human happiness, free from pain and accompanied by material wealth. God asks us to lose our fear of pain and tribulation and unite ourselves to him, as He waits for us on the Cross.
Our soul will then be more purified, our love stronger. And we will realise that joy is inseparable from the Cross. Not only that, but we will also understand that we can never be happy if we are not united to Christ on the Cross, and that we will never know how to love if we do not at the same time love sacrifice.
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Those tribulations that appear to our poor human reasoning as unjust and meaningless are necessary for our personal holiness and for the salvation of many souls.