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Ash Wednesday In today’s Gospel reading (Matt. 6:1-6, 16-18), Jesus says that we should not perform righteous deeds in order to be seen and then follows up on that with three examples to clarify what he means. At one point, he specifically says “anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not […]

via Why Do We Make an Outward Display of Penance When Jesus Says Not to Do That in Today’s Gospel? — Biltrix

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By Dr. Taylor Marshall in (2016).

List for Lent:  https://taylormarshall.com/2016/02/40-ideas-for-lent.html

BLOGGER’S NOTE:  I would try to do some on this list if you can. Other ideas for the list or in place of Lenten practice please do in regard to Lent and dutifully follow through. 

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PREPARING FOR LENT by the Priests of the Congregation of St. Paul, 1893
Which of us, dear brethren, has such perfect spiritual health that he does not need to call upon Christ, our all-merciful physician? We are all crippled, blind, and sick. The great remedy by which we must be healed is faith. We see how the blind man in today’s Gospel was made whole by faith. In another place we read of the woman with an issue of blood made well by faith. And in many other parts of Scripture faith is put down as our great healing remedy.
Thank God, we have received the great blessing of the Catholic faith! But is our faith what it ought to be? Is it a living faith? If we have a living faith it will show itself by our deeds. Let us examine ourselves today as to our intentions for the coming Lent. How much practical faith shall we find in ourselves? “Faith without good works is dead.” How can we expect that such faith will make us whole? Are you dreading the approach of this season of penance? Are you calculating the easiest terms upon which you can get through it? Do you look upon it as an evil time, which must be borne with, but out of which you expect to get nothing but discomfort?
If you look upon Lent in this spirit, you are no true follower of Christ and the Cross–your faith is not a living faith. And a dead faith is worse than useless, for such a faith can abide only in the lukewarm, of whom the Holy Ghost speaks thus: “Would thou wert cold or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.” Beware lest your present lack of the Christian spirit of penance be the beginning of your casting forth!
But do not misunderstand and think that we must relish this coming season of penance, in our lower natures, just as a hungry man relishes his dinner. That is not the kind of relish we are bound to have. Although we may have an involuntary horror of penance, if we, nevertheless, appreciate our need of mortification, and are determined to make the most of this opportunity, all the more because we instinctively dread it, we show that God has at least a large part of our hearts. He wants the whole of them, saying: “My son, give Me thy heart.” But if we keep a part for our miserable selves, in His mercy, though grieved, He will not condemn us.
But if any one has not at least a determination to try, he may well tremble at his condition. If he thinks he can safely put off his repentance to his death-bed, he deceives himself. The odds against such a man’s being saved are tremendous. Does it not stand to reason that an ordinary man who has spent his life in sin cannot, unless by a miracle of grace, accomplish in a short hour, or perhaps less time, what it has taken good men a lifetime to do? The dying sinner may persuade the priest that he has repented, but is it not because he has deceived himself in his fear of death? If we could test his repentance by offering him ten years more of life, would he persevere in his good intentions? If he has resolved not to sin any more for the sole reason that he has no chance left him for doing so, his repentance is a sham, and all the absolutions of all the priests that have ever lived cannot save his soul. “As a man lives, so shall he die.” Is it not easier to repent now, while you are able, than upon your death-bed, when disease and sin have almost robbed you of reason?
Have a living faith which will show itself by deeds! And let the prayer of the blind man be the prayer of each of us, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy upon me.” And let us not cease until Jesus answers us, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.”

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“One should not be scandalized when Church leaders trim the truth. Since the Church is Satan’s chief enemy, he twists the Church’s weakest parts: fallible humans. This is why saints regularly pray to be saved from becoming the worst sinners, since their powerful virtues can be turned into equally powerful vices.”

“Monsignor Ronald Knox thus explained why he hesitated about visiting Rome: “He who travels in the barque of St. Peter had better not look too closely into the engine room.”

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Source: Lent: An Invigorating Time for Truth

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vincentini-15_1“Could you walk a mile in Jesus’s shoes? The Stations of the Cross bring us closer to Christ as we meditate on the great love He showed for us in His most sorrowful Passion!

You can pray the Stations of the Cross (also known as the Way of the Cross) alone at anytime, but people most often pray them in a group setting Friday nights during Lent.”

Stations of the Cross: https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/stations-of-the-cross.html

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Article:  (Lent)  https://www.catholic.com/encyclopedia/Lent

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WHAT IS ASH WEDNESDAY:  https://www.catholic.com/encyclopedia/ash-Wednesday

See also for meaning of Quinquagesima Sunday:




FROM ANOTHER CATHOLIC WHO REMINDED US IN THE BIBLE:  “And the Lord said to him: Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem: and mark Thau upon the foreheads of the men that sigh, and mourn for all the abominations that are committed in the midst thereof.” ~Ezekiel 9:4

The Bible commentaries I have read note that the letter ‘tau’ is in the shape of a cross (like the one we receive on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday).

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