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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Preparing for Lent

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and nights, afterwards he was hungry." -Matthew 4:1-2

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Our Lord Jesus Christ gave the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, his life. We as a family have begun to prepare for our sacrifice to him. We have been watching "Jesus of Nazareth, 1977" as a family. Our children are learning about Jesus' life and the ultimate sacrifice he made for us. We have begun donating money each month to the Catholic Relief Services. (CRS.org) This Lenten season, for the first time, Declan and Cian will be participating in the "Operation Rice Bowl" (orb.crs.org/). Sean and I will be taking part in fasting, obstaining, mortification, and confession. Below I have provided a brief discription of Lent and what a Traditional Catholic is expected to do in the eyes of the Lord. LENT~ The focus of this Season is the Cross and penance, penance, and more penance. We are imitating Christs' forty days of fasting in the desert, and awaiting the triumph of Easter. We fast, obstain, mortify the flesh, give alms, and think more of charitable works. Awakening each morning with the thought, "How might I make amends for my sins? How can I serve God in a reparative way? How can I serve others today?" Lent starts on Ash Wednesday thur the Vespers of Holy Saturday. The last two weeks of Lent are known as "Passiontide", made up of Passion Week and Holy Week. The last three days of Holy Week-- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday - are known as the "Sacred Triduum". FASTING- The taking of only one meal (may include meat) and two smaller, meatless meals that don't equal the large one meal. No eating between meals is allowed, but water, milk, tea, cofee, and juices are permitted. ABSTINENCE- The refraining from eating the meat from mammals or fowl, and soup or gravy made from them. Fish is allowed, hence Fridays are known as "Fish Fridays". MORTIFICATIONS- "Giving up something" that would be a sacrifice to do without, or taking on something unpleasant that we'd normally avoid. CONFESSION- The means by which God forgives a grave or mortal sin after baptism, that will crush the spirital life out of a soul. the sp

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