“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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Blessed Sacrament Parish Mission
The “Acts” of the Unfolding Journey
“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.”
(Come, Holy Spirit)
God loves us unconditionally without any limits, due to no merit of our own.
We must repent and convert, to turn toward the love of our God.
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 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.
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.”