March 1, 2017 Lent Special

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~Return to the Lord Your God~

Did You Know?

THAT…Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. “Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”

For members of the Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. Throughout the Lenten season, believers fast, embrace penitential reflection upon one’s life, practice abstinence and do good works in preparation for Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Good News

Lenten Season 101: A Guide For Everything You Need To Know


Lent is the time of spiritual preparation prior to the Easter season, just as Advent is for Christmas. Jesus taught us clearly that there is no resurrection without the Cross, and Lent is the Church’s great spiritual journey as she, the Bride of Christ, joins her Divine spouse in His great suffering on our behalf.

Basically, you don’t get the joy of Easter without the self-sacrifice of Lent; the disciples of Jesus follow in his footsteps . . . including the bloody ones. Here’s a rundown of everything major you need to know about the Lenten season, the 40+ days of penance to prepare our hearts Easter, the greatest of all Christian feasts.

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In the News

Lent isn’t just about penance, it’s also a time of hope


On Ash Wednesday Pope Francis said that while Lent is certainly a time of mortification, it’s also a journey of hope that leads to the joy of Christ’s Resurrection – a journey that requires both daily sacrifice and love.

In his catechesis for the general audience March 1, the Pope likened our journey during the 40 days of Lent to the 40 years the Israelites spent wandering in the desert following their “exodus” from slavery in Egypt.

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Picture of the Week

The Fennec, or desert fox is a canine mammal species which inhabits the Sahara Desert and Arabia. With its features ears, this is the smallest species of the family Canidae. It is endangered species. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which also serve to dissipate heat.

Ask Susi

Q: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?

A: This is perhaps the most epic question I am asked, in numerous and varying contexts. Countless books and articles have been given over to the question of animals in heaven and there is the long and short of it, depending on where you really want to go. So, I will answer the initial question, and follow it with an abridged explanation for the positive.

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Susi’s Weekly Column

A Prayer of Reparation

~by Susi Pittman


Each day during the 40 days of Lent I kneel in my living room and I ask Jesus to hear me as I pray this powerful Prayer of Reparation. It has been a source of great healing and peace to me during Lent. It sets my sail for the seas of the season, be they stormy or calm.

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Catholic Journeyman

Hello Holy Spirit

~by Louis Templeman


Lent is a beautiful season of prayer. It’s as if you are sure, absolutely sure that the Lord is listening and watching just to hear from you. Who better to approach with heartfelt words than the Holy Spirit, who perfects what we wish to say to Jesus.

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Weeding For Sinners

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS


Virginia’s gardening moves to new heights as the simple task of “weeding” the garden becomes a Lenten spiritual act of mercy

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Weekly Commentary

Lent, Laughter and a Joyful Soul

~by Father Dwight Longnecker


As we enter the solemn season of Lent it is worth stopping to remember that the saints also say that we should keep a “joyful Lent.” One of the reasons I wrote two books for Lent in the style of The Screwtape Letters was to help Christians face the solemn spiritual battle with a sense of humor as well as a sense of seriousness. There is nothing wrong with jousting and jesting at the same time—especially if the one we are jousting with and jesting about is ourself. While we should take the state of our souls seriously, we needn’t take ourselves so seriously.

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Discovering Catholic Writers

Venerable Louis of Granada


The Venerable Louis of Granada was born at Granada, Spain to poor descent in 1505. When he was nineteen, he became a Dominican for the convent of Santa Cruz, and subsequently served quite successfully as a preacher for forty years.

Besides ascetical theology, his published works treat of Scripture, dogma, ethics, biography and Church history. He is best known, however, for his ascetical writings. Most of them were translated into many languages. The best known of his ascetical writings, and the one that achieved the greatest measure of success, is The Sinner’s Guide (La Guia de Pecadores), published in 1555. It is marked by a smooth, harmonious style of purest Spanish idiom which has merited for it the reputation of a classic, and by an unctuous eloquence that has made it a perennial source of religious inspiration. It has been most favourable compared with Thomas à Kempis’s “Imitation of Christ”. Within a comparatively short time after its first appearance it was translated into Italian, Latin, French, German, Polish, and Greek. He earned much money for his writings, all of which went to the poor.

In 1539, at the age of 35, he wrote a small tract on the method of prayer for a student who had written to him for advice. This tract developed into his first book, The Book of Prayer and Meditation, published in 1554. The unexpected success of the book led him to dedicate himself to writing on spiritual themes for all. He led a life of an ascetic, his cell being poor and having little possessions. He wrote for 35 years, producing 49 works.

Louis died at the age of 84 at Lisbon, Portugal.

A Recommended Read

The Sinners’ Guide

~by Venerable Louis of Granada


In The Sinner’s Guide, Venerable Louis de Granada proves himself a masterful spiritual director, showing how life in Christ is a beautiful way of life, worthy of all our efforts to pursue it. Numerous saints have enthusiastically recommended the works of this Dominican master of the spiritual life.

In this book, the author answers these and other critical questions:

• Why should I serve God?
• What privileges belong to those who practice virtue?
• What practical remedies can I use to overcome vices?
• What are my specific duties to God, my neighbor, and myself?
• Why is courage so important in learning to practice virtue?

For mastery of subject, command of Scripture, and impact on the heart and mind, no book surpasses The Sinner’s Guide.

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Quote of the Week

The greatness of contemplation can be given to none but those who love.

~ Pope St. Gregory the Great ~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Jerome

Geology & Archaeology

Is this ONE of the oldest images of the Virgin Mary?


The Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the most revered woman in the Christian tradition. In the history of art, she appears almost as frequently as Jesus himself. But for the past 80 years, one of the oldest paintings of her may have been hiding in plain sight.

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Climate

Canadian permafrost thaw intensifying


Huge slabs of Arctic permafrost in northwest Canada are slumping and disintegrating, sending large amounts of carbon-rich mud and silt into streams and rivers. A new study that analyzed nearly a half-million square miles in northwest Canada found that this permafrost decay is affecting 52,000 square miles of that vast stretch of earth—an expanse the size of Alabama.

According to researchers with the Northwest Territories Geological Survey, the permafrost collapse is intensifying and causing landslides into rivers and lakes that can choke off life downstream, all the way to where the rivers discharge into the Pacific Ocean.

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Global Weather

Eastern U.S.  Allergy Sufferers to see extended spring and pollen


An early taste of spring for much of the eastern United States is unwelcome news for those who struggle with seasonal allergies, as pollen counts are increasing earlier and impacts may be felt for a longer period of time this season.

The springlike warmth could alter the timing of the peak of allergy season, triggering symptoms for allergy sufferers sooner than normal.

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Sustainability

STAR Communities


The path to sustainability is different for every community – but the common elements are a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of the people living in the community.When sustainability areas are addressed in tandem with each other, they have a powerful, positive effect on the quality of life and future of a community. By overlapping work in these areas, efficiencies emerge and better results are achieved. It’s an approach that solves local problems while being innovative about progress.

Before we could begin to develop evaluation measures and metrics for sustainability, we first had to define a sustainable community. The STAR Community Rating System was based around the following characteristics of a sustainable community.

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Environment

Bees are using plastic to build brood cells


Little is known about the nesting activities of some lineages of megachiline bees. Dr. Sarah Gess, affiliated with both Albany Museum and Rhodes University, South Africa, and Peter Roosenschoon, Conservation Officer at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, United Arab Emirates, made use of their earlier observations gathered during a survey on flower visitation in the spring of 2015, to fill some gaps in the knowledge of of three species from such lineages.

Among their findings, published in the open access Journal of Hymenoptera Research, is a curious instance of a bee attempting to build brood cells using green pieces of plastic.

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God’s Green Earth

BUTTERFLIES

Farm News

Catholic Rural Life


Catholic Rural Life (CRL) is a national, Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside. Since 1923, we have been applying the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America, strengthening and sustaining the Church in the countryside by educating and inspiring leaders and advocating on their behalf.

Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, CRL is a membership-based organization, comprised of dedicated bishops, laity, and religious who are joined in a common effort to serve the rural Church, rural people, and their communities.

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Steward Alerts

USCCB Lenten Calendar


During Lent, take inspiration from the words of St. Paul (2 Cor 8:9), and contemplate his invitation to live a life of evangelical poverty. Embrace the Lord’s call to being the blessed poor by “giving up” material things, including food, superfluous to your basic needs; “taking up” charitable habits directed to helping and caring for others; and “lifting up” those in need through giving alms, through praying for others, and by participating in devotional practices.

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Steward Activities

12 Traditional Catholic Practices For Lent


On Ash Wednesday, all over the world, traditional and Novus Ordo Catholics are going to be praying and fasting.  It is a powerful day to ask for God’s forgiveness and for the salvations of Souls.  All of us Catholics need to pray for unity and purity of Catholic dogma. We also want to repent of individual and collective sins that are destroying the Mystical Body of Christ.

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A Song Before The Lord

How lovely is Your dwelling place

Gardening

How to make a Resurrection Garden


Confession: I have been drooling over pictures of resurrection gardens online for years now! I’ve always wanted to make one, but never seemed to have gotten around to it. Planting the grass seed and trying to predict when it would actually look nice felt overwhelming. Well, guess what? We finally did it, and I’m going to show you how easy it really is- plus, with this version, it looks nice instantly!

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Wellness & Nutrition

Lenten Soups

Soup is Lents’ perfect mate. There is nothing like the smells of a well combined soup wafting through the kitchen, waiting to be joined at the table with a warm, rustic slice of homemade bread with butter.

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Stargazing

How long is a year on the other planets?

On Earth, we tend to not give our measurements of time much thought. Unless we’re griping about Time Zones, enjoying the extra day of a Leap Year, or contemplating the rationality of Daylight Savings Time, we tend to take it all for granted. We consider a year to be 365 days. Unless of course it’s a Leap Year, which takes place every four years (in which it is 366). But the actual definition of a year is the time it takes our planet to complete a single orbit around the Sun. So if you were to put yourself in another frame of reference – say, another planet – a year would work out to something else.

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Smile

Anybody seen the Cadbury bunny?

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