23 Mar The Lenten Season (Ps 23:1) by Paula Parmelee
“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.” ~ Ps 23:1 (full readings)
Paula’s Reflections: The Lenten season. 40 days. A time of healing. A time of spiritual growth. Purification. Cleansing. Forgiveness. Jesus, the second person of the most Holy Trinity, offers His guiding hand. His light shines through our valley of tears. He beckons. He invites each to come follow Him. His eternal Word breaks forth and dispels the darkness. He is the Word. I accept. I join my suffering to His Holy Cross, I unite, become one. Jesus, I trust in You. I now offer my own hand, I reach out, I grasp the one in need, the abortion vulnerable; the brokenhearted, the forgotten; the unloved. I shine Your light, Lord, out into the sadness, to the lost, to those without hope; and I pray for all to know Your love.
* NFP & Pro-Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Sioux City Iowa. Mother of six grown children. Grandmother of eight. Sioux City LIFE Runner Chapter Leader. 7th grade catechism teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Point South Dakota..
Faith Challenge: During the remaining Lenten season, pray, fast and offer alms to those who have suffered from, or are related to someone who has suffered the loss of a child by abortion. Wholeheartedly devote yourself to the glory of God and to the service of your neighbor. Be the one.
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Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo
Faith Quote: “The principle mission of the Church is evangelization, bringing the Good News to everyone.” ~ Pope Francis