Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Jesus said "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven." Let us truly engage in doing those things that will draw us closer to God. This 40 days of Lent, let us encourage each other along the way. Whatever we endeavor in this journey may it not be a superficial, external , shallow act but a genuine and spiritual act feeling and experience the discomfort, the pangs, the tears and sorrow, walking with Christ to Calvary.
Litany of Desire
R. Lord, Hear our Prayer
That we desire to be steadfast in our Lenten Journey walking with you daily.R.
That we desire to remove the obstacles that prevent us from getting closer to the Cross.R.
That we desire to deny ourselves so as to be in union with You, Our Redeemer.R.
That we desire to see You in every life, in every face, in every heart of those we meet.R.
That we desire to examine our lives and repent for our sinfulness.R.
That we desire to grow in our faith through the mystery of Christ's suffering.R.
That we desire to carry our crosses daily.R.
That we desire to be generous to others.R.
That we desire to be servants to others without expecting any reward.R.
That we desire to share our gifts with others.R.
That we desire to be poor and detached from material things.R.
That we desire to be in the Presence of the Holy Eucharist.R.
That we desire to make time to be with You.R.
That we desire to make space in our hearts for You.R.
That we desire to love You by being obedient to Your will.R.
That we desire to pray for others and the world.R.
That we desire to Trust in Your Mercy.R.
That we desire to be at Calvary clinging to Your Cross.R.
That we desire to hunger for Christ's suffering.R.
That we desire to die to ourselves. R.
That we desire to share with Mary the sword that pierced her heart.R.
That we desire the darkness that comes before the dawn.R.
That we desire to stay with Our Lord in His time of need.R.
Posted by Paul Bernacchio at 6:42 AM