LENT-DAY 13, MON. MARCH 17-ST PATRICK’S DAY

REFLECTION: CATHOIC SOCIAL TEACHING-RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Every Person has basic rights including the right to life, food, water, and shelter.  We also have the responsibility to support the rights of others.  (Did you all know that about the Catholic Church)

PRAYERS:  And Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and the congregation was assembled at the entrance of the tent of meeting.  And Moses said to the congregation,  “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded to be done.”  Leviticus 8:4-5

Worshiping you, Christ Jesus, in the presence of others is a foretaste of the great feast that is to come on the Last Day.  Though I love to gather with others to worship you, O Lord, our worshiping community is sometimes marred by infighting and petty divisions.  Fill me with your forgiveness as I take up the crosses of community.  Let me be a peacemaker in my congregation so that your love can be shared by all.  Amen

EMBRACING ALL OF LIFE:  Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  Luke 6:38

Our lives are full of losses, failures and disappointments–disappointments of dreams, failures of hope, loss of friends, family or health.  Over time, there are more and more things we can be negative about.  Resentment makes us cling to our failures or disappointments and complain about the losses in our life.  There is always a lurking danger that we will respond to life’s incredible pains with resentment.  Resentment gives us a hardened heart, and we become resentful people.  Gratitude in its deepest sense means to live life as a gift to be received gratefully.  But gratitude as the gospel speaks about it embraces all of life:  the good and the bad, the joyful and the painful, the holy and the not so holy.

CREATOR OF ALL, BE BY MY SIDE IN TIMES OF TRIAL AND JOY.

Have a blessed Lent.

 

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