Friday, April 11, 2014

The joys of spring...

Bless the Lord, all birds of the air!  ~Daniel 3:58

Ave Maria!  This picture took my breath away!  I hope you enjoy it, too.

Any time is a good time to meet our dear Lord in the Sacrament of Penance.  With Holy Week about to begin this coming Palm Sunday, the days ahead are especially "prime time" to "ponder anew" the Father's wondrous love and return to Him with all our hearts.  Fr. Ed Broom, OVM, provides a probing "Lenten Examination of Conscience" here that can help make our confession a thorough and happy one.  He offers 25 excellent points for consideration.  Watch out for the zingers -- which would be all of them!  For example:
JOY?   Do you rejoice at all times in the Lord Jesus and His Holy Spirit or always have reasons and manners to complain about the problems of life?
PATIENCE?   Are you the epitome of patience or want things your time, your manner, your schedule?   Is this your prayer?  “Lord I beg you to give me patience and right now!!!
MORTIFICATION?  Are you ready and willing to deny yourself , take up your cross and follow the Lord Jesus or are you always looking for the easy way out and the  short-cut?

May our dear Lord, who is so kind and merciful, give us His amazing grace "to be now and always a true penitent."  Thanks be to God!

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