FEBRUARY 22-27: Ist WEEK OF LENT

FEBRUARY 22 Mon The Chair of Saint Peter.Feast

1 Pt 5:1-4/Mt 16:13-19

23 Tue Lenten Weekday. Is 55:10-11/Mt 6:7-15

[Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr]

24 Wed Lenten Weekday Jon 3:1-10/Lk 11:29-32 

25 Thu Lenten Weekday Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25/Mt 7:7-12 

26 Fri Lenten Weekday Ez 18:21-28/Mt 5:20-26

27 Sat.  ST.GABRIEL POSSENTI, CP 

[Saint Gregory of Narek, Abbot and Doctor of the Church]

Dt 26:16-19/Mt 5:43-48 

28 SUN SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Rom 8:31b-34/Mk 9:2-10 

Our Lenten readings for the 1st week teach us how to see as Jesus sees–through prayer. On the mountain Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer, the common prayer of God’s children. God is Father of us all, the One who gives us daily bread, forgiveness and strength when testing comes. God’s gift of prayer opens our eyes and our hearts. Like snow and rain, the gift of prayer falls on all. All can pray. (Tuesday)

Prayer is about more than ourselves and our own needs. The story of Jonah points out a world bigger than our own. As children of the world we must pray and work for its good. (Wednesday)

Never lose confidence in prayer and what it makes possible. “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find. Knock and the door with open” Jesus teaches. (Thursday)

Make sure as you approach the altar to pray that your heart is free from resentment, harsh judgment and anger. Otherwise, your prayer become weak and blind. You cannot see.  (Friday)

We must pray even for our enemies. For our Father causes the sun to shine on the just and the unjust and the rain to fall on saints and sinners. (Saturday)

This week opens with the Feast of the Chair of Peter. (Monday) Our church is a teacher of prayer. The Passionists celebrate the Feast of St. Gabriel on Saturday.

Lent is an important time to teach children to prayer. Here’s a site that can help. OurChildrenPray. You may also find this new website on Prayer helpful in your own prayer:

https://praydaybyday.org

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