Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Year Of Mercy Novena of Prayer and Fasting
Please join us for a special Year of Mercy Novena of Prayer and Fasting! We are just hours away from entering Lent. Some have shared that there is a feeling that this Lent is special. There is a desire in one's heart to do something more for Our Lord. Indeed, it is special. We are within an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. We are making our way toward the Cross, the source of Mercy. The Rosary and Our Lady both lead us to the foot of the Cross. This year something remarkable also will happen. The Annunciation, which traditionally falls on March 25th, is also the day Good Friday is celebrated. The Catholic Church transfers celebration of the Annunciation to April 4th this year. Yet, 9 months from March 25th is Christmas so even though celebration of the Annunciation is transferred, one is aware of the wonderful connection of these dates. Indeed it is a recognition of the moment Our Lord said, "Not as I will but as you will" (Matthew 26:39) and Our Blessed Mother said, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to Thy will"(Luke 1:38). What if we, in our humility, could come before the Cross this year and say, "Thy will be done," with our whole heart...allowing all the ties of this world to be stripped away and say, "Yes," to all God has planned for each of us?