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Feb 11, 2016

Dear Friends in Christ,

During Lent penance should be inward and individual, but also outward and social, and should be directed toward works of mercy on behalf of our brothers and sisters. Both are important.

In other words we need both inward and individual penance (fasting, prayer, and confession) and also have our penance directed towards works of mercy.

Prayer: Spend 20 minutes a day in prayer. Sit down with Scripture and place yourself in the Scripture. Sit with Jesus and ask him questions. Just a few days ago I sat with the scripture reading with King David. It said, “He put his whole heart into all of his songs.” What does that mean, I asked? With all the sin and problems David had he wanted to follow God’s will.

Fasting: There is fasting the church asks us to do. Fast from video games, technology, or food.

Confession: Get rid of the things that block God’s grace.We will offer Confessions on March 17 at 6:30 during Adoration.

The Corporal Works of Mercy

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • Admonish the sinner
  • Instruct the ignorant
  • Counsel the doubtful
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive all injuries
  • Pray for the living and the dead

Mercy is not a virtue that you choose to do one day. Mercy becomes who you are, it becomes your identity. It is basically a worldview of abundance. I have been blessed. I don’t have to withhold anything or protect myself.

Happy Lent,

Fr. Cory Rohlfing