03-03-2019 Preparing for and Participating in the Season of Lent

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
MARCH 3, 2019 - EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"Then the disciples of John approached [Jesus] and said, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast [much], but your disciples do not fast?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast’”
(Mt 9:14-15)
PREPARING FOR AND PARTICIPATING IN THE SEASON OF LENT
What are you doing to prepare for and to participate in Lent?

The Season of Lent is the forty-day period before East-er, excluding Sundays, which begins this year on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday, April 18, when the Easter Triduum begins.

As the U.S. Bishops explain,
During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting….The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ…. Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent.
Subject to certain exemptions due to age, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting (limited meals) and abstinence from eating meat. Fri-days during Lent are also obligatory days of abstinence. “Voluntary fasting from food creates in us a greater openness to God's Spirit and deepens our compassion for those who are forced to go without food. The dis-comfort brought about by fasting unites us to the sufferings of Christ. “ Moreover,
our fasting and refraining is in response to the workings of the Holy Spirit. By fasting we sense a deeper hunger and thirst for God. In a paradoxical way, we feast through fasting—we feast on the spiritual values that lead to works of charity and service.
Besides these particular practices, “we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways through-out the season,” as well as participating in other spiritual or penitential practices, such as attending daily Mass. Additionally, “the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.” Jesus was always concerned about those in need.

The number “forty” is a period of time mentioned many times throughout scripture. One interpretation is it symbolically represents a period to prepare us for the testing of our faith. Jesus fasted and prayed for "40 days and 40 nights" in the desert before he prevailed in being tested by the devil, after which Jesus began his public ministry (Mt 4:1-11).

Our articles during Lent and the JOF web pages will focus on presenting spiritual practices and resources to assist us in preparing for and participating in this Season of Lent.” 
Reflect on Your Experience

What special practices of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving do you perform or participate in during the Lenten Season?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia
Videos
"Ash Wednesday" (Catholic.org)

"Lent in 3 Minutes" (Busted Halo)

"Lent" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"The Biblical Roots of Ash Wednesday" (Dr. Brant Pitre)

"Enjoy Lent" (Dr. Scott Hahn)

"40 Days into Lent - Ash Wednesday" (Fr. Bing Arellano)

"What are the Practices in Lent" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Preparing for Lent" (A Catholic Mom's Life)

"Prayer for Lent in 2019"

"The Lenten Season"

"Lenten Meditation - Begin the Journey" (Sisters of Bon Secours)

"What is Lent All About?"

"Celebrate a Catholic Lent"

"Lenten Reflections from Catholicism" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Lenten Reflection" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"What is Lent" (Cardinal Timothy Dolan)

"What is Lent" (Father James Martin, SJ)

"The Significance of Ash Wednesday" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Preparing for Lent" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Picking a Thing for Lent" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Fasting Can Change You Forever" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"4 Reasons for Fasting" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Why Fast on Ash Wednesday" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"4 Reasons for Almsgiving" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Almsgiving and Joy" (Fr. James Martin, SJ)

"Almsgiving" (3 Minute Theology)

"The Good Samaritan - Almsgiving" (Catholic Relief Services)

"40 Days Reflection Into Lent - Almsgiving is Giving to Jesus Begging" (Fr. Bing Arellano)
Music
"Dust and Ashes"

"God of Mercy and Compassion"

"Cry of the Poor"
Other Resources
Lenten Resources

"Catholic Spirituality in Practice" (C 21 - Boston College)

Other Prayer and Spiritual Practices

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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