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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton
Lenten Reflections | Lenten sacrifice | family life
God’s plans for my Lenten fasting In the weeks leading up to Lent, I prayerfully discerned what I might give up for the season of fasting. I weighed the options, considered what would be most difficult and what would help me grow in holiness, and made my decision. I would give up scrolling through social media and greatly reduce my screen time.
According to the World Health Organization, Uganda is among the ten highest alcohol-consuming countries in the world. It is in the same league with countries such as the Czech Republic, Latvia, Moldova, Ireland, Germany, and Lithuania. In fact, a couple of years ago, they were the topmost alcohol consuming country in the whole world.
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If you’re a fan of the writer John Grisham or the show “Law and Order” or anything in that genre, you’ll identify today’s Gospel as a trial scene. Jesus is the defendant, charged with violation of the sabbath and blasphemy. Jesus’ defense is that He is the obedient Son of God who is only doing what the Father wishes.
Annunciation | Fiat | serving others
The great Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25, is the liturgical day when the Church recalls and meditates upon the moment when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary and announced to her that she had “found favor with God” and that she would conceive in her womb and bear a son whom she would name Jesus. She gives her “yes” or in Latin “fiat,” fiat referring to the full Latin scripture verse where Mary replies to Gabriel “Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum”— “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
We are in a new phase of Lent. There is no longer a focus on penance, but on promise. Taking its inspiration from the prophet Isaiah, it describes God's promise to Israel. During the Babylonian exile, Israel felt that God had forgotten them because of their grievous sin. They believed God had "kicked them to the curb" or "thrown them under the bus." God uses picturesque figures of speech to reassure them of his love, despite the discipline he had enforced.
Do you want to be well? Every time we go to the dentist, eye doctor, orthopedist, cardiologist, etc., by our presence in their waiting room, we answer that question with a resounding “yes.” In a sense, the man who had been ill for thirty-eight years was in a waiting area when Jesus approached him and asked that fundamental question.