REFLECTIONS:  Movies have a way of capturing the imagination. quotes from movies can transcend their respective decades.  Even if you have never seen the 1992 film, “A Few Good Men”, you are probably familiar with one of its famous quotes, “You can’t handle the truth.”  Ours is a God who feels and acts differently.  In time God has not only told us the truth, He has gone so far as to give us the Truth.  This Truth is a Person; IT IS HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.  WHEN WE ENCOUNTER THIS TRUTH, THIS PERSON, IT CHANGES EVERYTHING.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING:  CALL TO FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND PARTICIPATION:  All of us are social by nature and are called to live in community with others.  People have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking the well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.

PRAYERS:  In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat–for he grants sleep to those he loves.  Psalm 127:2

Long hours and even longer days have taken their toll on  me Lord.  Work leaves me both physically and mentally drained; it is as if I live to work rather than work to live.  My God, strengthen me to carry the crosses of work so that I can more clearly see your work in and through me.  You know of the struggles I have at work, even those that I hide from everyone else.  Breath new life into my vocation.  Amen. by Trevor Sutton

HOSPITALITY OFFERS SPACE  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Psalm 23:5

Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.  It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.  It is not to lead our neighbor into a corner where there are no alternatives left, but to open a wide spectrum of options for choice and commitment.  It is not an educated intimidation with good books, good stories and good works, but the liberation of fearful hearts so that words can find roots and bear ample fruit.  It is not a method of making our God and our way into the criteria of happiness, but the opening of an opportunity to others to find their God and their way.  The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness, not a fearful emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free; free to sing their own songs, speak their own languages, dance their own dances.

Gentle Jesus, show me how to sing my own song of praise to you.

Have a devoted Lent



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