இந்த இணையதளத்திலுள்ள புத்தகங்கள் தங்களின் தனி பயன்பாட்டுக்கு மட்டுமே. வேறு தளங்களில் பகிர்வதற்கும், புத்தகமாக்குவதற்கும் அனுமதி இல்லை.

Lent— practices for Lent— Obedience

When we make the sign of the cross —May the Will of the Father, made known by the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Reign in me through Mary, in every act I do this day and every day for the rest of my life.

When we come to prayer it is important to be in the state of grace [say an Act of Contrition].

Put on Armour of God, Spiritual Communion.

I unite with the Divine Humanity of Jesus. I pray this ........in the Will of the Father; with it I desire to embrace everything, compensate for everyone and hold Your Fiat captive upon the Earth [Pray for all].

How obedient am I to the Church and Her teaching?

Do we even know the Church teachings well enough so that we might strive to be obedient?

Pope Francis said the coronavirus pandemic has heightened his desire to reflect on Saint Joseph. Many people during the pandemic have made hidden sacrifices to protect others, just as Saint Joseph quietly protected and cared for Mary and Jesus.

“Each of us can discover in Joseph — the man who goes unnoticed, a hidden presence — an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble,” [Pope Francis].

Don Dolindo Ruotolo, Ordained at the age of 23, Italian priest who lived from 1882-1970, deeply understood the relationship between our neediness and God’s goodness.

“A thousand prayers do not equal one act of abandonment; don't ever forget it.”[Don Dolindo]. Surrender! Abandonment! a way of fostering continual union with God.”

He spent his life in prayer, sacrifice and service. He heard confession, gave spiritual guidance and cared for those in need. 

Don Dolindo was a contemporary of saint, Padre Pio. When pilgrims went to Padre Pio he responded: “Why do you come here, if you have Don Dolindo in Naples? Go to him, he’s a saint!”

Oh Jesus I abandon myself to You, I surrender my will, my soul, my sins, my fears, my anxieties, all that I am and have. Jesus! take all. In humility I come, take me as I am for I can come no other way.

Lent: When St. Faustina was denied permission for certain mortifications, the Lord taught her that there is more merit to an hour of meditation on His Passion than a year of mortification [Diary 369, 737, 1512, 1657].

St. Faustina wrote: "The benefit is that I am meditating constantly on His sorrowful Passion and so, while I am eating, I am not preoccupied with what I am eating, but am reflecting on my Lord's death" [Diary, 618].

Let us desire, then, to be obedient to Jesus, for our salvation came about through His obedience, and we receive the grace of our salvation through our obedience to Him.

In daily life, how often do we deny our own will and desire the Divine Will? 

Do we put others first and love our neighbour as ourselves?

Do we insist upon our own needs and wants and ignore the needs of others?

Instead of simply giving up a favorite food until Easter, what other little penances can we offer up? 

Saint Faustina was creative in this regard. We can ask her intercession that we might have that creativity with our penances, creativity that flows from love for Christ Crucified.

One other suggestion, which comes from Jesus Himself, is to meditate upon the Passion frequently, during which, as St. Paul states, Jesus was obedient to the Father even unto death[Phil 2:8].

Continue to pray the Rosary, Eucharist Adoration [Initiative 21], If you are not part of the Initiative please spend time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in your local Church. Pray the Chaplets, Pray for Priests, Consecrated Religious, Persecuted Christians.

“Standing in the Gap”:I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, repentance, thanksgivings be made for all people, kings and all who are in high positions of Authority that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way, for the Lord desires all to be saved” [1Tim 2:1-2]. 

Invitation is always open to standing in the Gap.

Jesus gave himself as a ransom for all. 

What about us?