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“The Lenten Journey 2007”. Blessed Sacrament Parish Mission Scottsdale, Arizona March, 2007. A Forty Day Journey. The “Acts” of the Unfolding Journey The Overture – from Ash Wednesday to the First Sunday of Lent The First Act – from the First Sunday of Lent to the Fourth Sunday of Lent

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the lenten journey 2007

“The Lenten Journey 2007”

Blessed Sacrament Parish Mission

Scottsdale, Arizona

March, 2007

a forty day journey
A Forty Day Journey

The “Acts” of the Unfolding Journey

  • The Overture – from Ash Wednesday to the First Sunday of Lent
  • The First Act – from the First Sunday of Lent to the Fourth Sunday of Lent
  • The Second Act – from the Fourth Sunday of Lent to Palm Sunday
  • The Third Act – Holy Week
  • The Climax – The Triduum
opening prayer
Opening Prayer

“Holy Mary, Mother of God,

You have given the world its true light,

Jesus, your Son – the Son of God.

You abandoned yourself completely to God’s call

And thus became a wellspring

Of the goodness which flows forth from him.

Show us Jesus. Lead us to him.

Teach us to know and love him,

So that we too can become

Capable of true love

And be fountains of living water

In the midst of a thirsting world.”

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Veni, Sancte Spiritus

(Come, Holy Spirit)

the journey in 2007
The Journey in 2007
  • Time is a gift from God.
  • It is not true that so-and-so has more time than I do.
  • How do I choose to use the gift of time that God gives me?
  • This Lenten journey is different than Lent 2005 or 2003 or 1995.
a journey requires preparation
A Journey Requires Preparation
  • From where have I come?
  • Where am I now?
  • Where am I going?
maps for the lenten journey
Maps for The Lenten Journey
  • Prayer
  • Fasting
  • Almsgiving
sources of sin
Sources of Sin
  • Devil
  • Flesh
  • World
seven capital deadly sins
Seven Capital (Deadly) Sins
  • Pride
  • Greed
  • Gluttony
  • Anger
  • Envy
  • Lust
  • Sloth
two great commandments
Two Great Commandments
  • Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, strength and soul.
  • Love your neighbor as yourself.
the maps of the journey
PRAYER

FASTING

ALMSGIVING

GOD

SELF

NEIGHBOR

The Maps of the Journey
deadly sins
Pride

Gluttony

Envy

Anger

Lust

Sloth

Greed

Devil

Flesh

World

Devil

Flesh

Flesh

World

Deadly Sins
the journey begins
Pride

Gluttony

Envy

Anger

Lust

Sloth

Greed

Prayer

Fasting

Almsgiving

Prayer

Fasting

Fasting

Almsgiving

The Journey Begins
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INDICATIVE

God loves us unconditionally without any limits, due to no merit of our own.

INVITATION

IMPERATIVE

We must repent and convert, to turn toward the love of our God.

RESPONSE

the christian vocation
The Christian Vocation
  • As followers of Christ, our vocation is to love.
  • Love is not just a feeling or emotion. Love is a decision.
  • Sin is also a decision of the mind and will. It is a decision not to love.
sowers of god s peace
Sowers of God’s Peace
  • Sow a thought, reap an action.
  • Sow an action, reap a habit.
  • Sow a habit, reap a character.
  • Sow a character, reap a destiny.
prayer
PRAYER
  • Opens us to God
  • Discernment = God is at the center
  • Humbles us in the Presence of God
  • Establishes relationship with Abba
  • Keeps us directed in our journey
prayer leads us in freedom
Prayer Leads Us in Freedom
  • Freedom = the ability to do what ought to be done
  • License = the ability to do whatever I please
prayer strengthens us in grace
Prayer Strengthens Us in Grace
  • Grace = Our participation in the life of God
  • God fills us with grace.
fasting
FASTING
  • Unites us with the poor
  • Develops self-discipline
  • Controls our sensual appetites
  • Increases gratitude in our hearts
  • Isaiah 58:3-11
deflate and inflate
Deflate and Inflate

During the Lenten Journey, we must empty ourselves of self – deflate.

Once we are emptied of self, then we are inflated with the Spirit = breath = ruah

the 23 rd channel
The 23rd Channel

The TV is my shepherd. I shall not want. It makes me lie down on the sofa. It leads me away from the faith. It destroys my soul. It leads me in the path of sex and violence for the sponsor’s sake. Yea, though I walk in the shadow of Christian responsibilities, there will be no interruption for the TV is with me. It prepares a commercial for me in the presence of my worldliness. It anoints my head with humanism and consumerism, my coveting runneth over. Surely, laziness and ignorance shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house watching TV forever.

almsgiving
ALMSGIVING
  • Builds up treasure in heaven
  • Combats materialism with simplicity
  • Unites us with those who are poor
  • Increases gratitude
  • Establishes equity of gifts from God
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“The average age of the world’s great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;

From spiritual faith to great courage;

From great courage to liberty;

From liberty to abundance;

From abundance to selfishness;

From selfishness to complacency;

From complacency to apathy;

From apathy to dependency;

From dependency back again to bondage.”

balance in the journey
Balance in the Journey
  • We live in this world but we are not of this world.
  • The letter of the law and the spirit of the law.
  • Interior intention and exterior act.
  • Obligation or freely chosen?
  • Need or want?
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Believe what you read.
  • Teach what you believe.
  • Practice what you teach.
follow the leader
Follow the Leader
  • A children’s game
  • The name of the game also explains the rules of the game.
  • But we must know who the leader is before we can follow the leader.
matthew 16 13 20
Matthew 16:13-20
  • “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
  • “But who do you say that I am?”
  • Peter declares the Lord to be his leader.
matthew 16 21 23
Matthew 16:21-23
  • Jesus begins teaching what it means to be the Messiah, the Son of God.
  • Peter tries to protect the Lord.
  • “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
  • Matthew 4:10 “Get away, Satan!”
  • What is the difference between Peter and Satan?
conditions of discipleship matthew 16 24 25
Conditions of DiscipleshipMatthew 16:24-25
  • If you wish to come after Christ, you must:
  • Deny yourself
  • Take up your cross
  • Follow Christ
the four ships
The Four Ships
  • ____________ship
  • ____________ship
  • ____________ship
  • ____________ship
the four ships1
The Four Ships
  • Leadership

Jesus Christ

  • Relationship

Prayer

  • Discipleship

Fasting

  • Stewardship

Almsgiving