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Re: Let's Get Ready for Lent!
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2019, 05:52:00 AM »
Bumping this nice old thread for Lent this year! Fr. Carota had some nice suggestions about 4 years ago for Lent.

 http://www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/2015/02/16/12-traditional-catholic-lenten-practices/

"On Ash Wednesday, all over the world, traditional and Novus Ordo Catholics are going to be praying and fasting.  It is a powerful day to ask for God’s forgiveness and for the salvations of Souls.  All of us Catholics need to pray for unity and purity of Catholic dogma. We also want to repent of individual and collective sins that are destroying the Mystical Body of Christ.

Here are some suggestions of what we can do for Lent.


1) Do a very humble and sorrowful confession.  Take the time to go over a very good examination of conscience and write down your sins so as to not forget them.  Often we get nervous in the confessional and can forget them.  Stating how many times and when was the last time you committed the sins.  This helps the confessor to give you the right penance and to help you root out these vices.  Example: if you see pornography and self pleasure yourself everyday, compared to once having seen a dirty picture a year ago, there is an enormous difference.  Never ever conceal sins because of shame.  Especially be sorrowful for sacrilegious sins like having received Holy Communion with a mortal sin on your soul.

2) Holy Latin Mass everyday.  It takes a lot of discipline to get up early to go to Holy Mass, but the fruits are well worth it.  There is no greater prayer than the prayer of Jesus to the Father through the Holy Spirit in the Holy Latin Mass in which we participate.

3) Pray the Holy Rosary.  Meditate prayerfully on the Passion of Jesus (Sorrowful Mysteries) everyday during lent.  It would be even more effective, if the whole family prays it together.  Set a time to pray when people are home and not too late when everyone wants to fall asleep.  Try to put your heart into the words and meditations on the passion.

4) Read the Bible.  Read and meditate on all that led up to the passion and crucifixion of Jesus.  Each Gospel depicts the passion and crucifixion a little differently.

5) Pray the Stations of the Cross Slowly. Take yourself back in time to the Holy Land, retracing the steps of Jesus on His way to Calvary.  Search for a good traditional pamphlet on the Stations and use it.  This is usually done on Friday, but it would also be good to do everyday of lent.

6) Read a traditional Catholic book.   Like the “Imitation of Christ” or “The Secret of the Rosary“.  Any book that will encourage and inspire you to be happier and holier.

7) Make time for heart felt prayer.   Talk heart to heart with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  This is best done in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  If for some reason you cannot go to a church, pray at home facing where ever the closest Tabernacle is in a nearby church.  Then have faith that God has heard your prayers.

8 ) Disconnect from social media and News.  Fast from Facebook, blogs and use your Cell Phone, computer, to the absolute minimum.  I want to really emphasize this.  We need to be connected to God instead, not the internet and the cell phone.  Help your children to not use video games and electronic devices at all.  If you haven’t already disconnected cable and TV antennas, lent is the perfect time to do this, (and for good).  There is no good left on TV.

9) Stop watching the news.  Instead use this time to pray for the world governments.  What good does it do us to be depressed over all the evil things going on in the world that we have no control over?  What good does it do to be aware of the weather?  This time can be much better used to love and communicate with our families and make our home a happier world where they can see the difference.  Use time to eat and play together as a family.  Take time to communicate with each other and love each other more.

10) Fast by eating healthy and as a family.   Make a firm promise to absolutely not buy any fast food (Fast from Fast Foods).  No pizza either, especially Pepperoni (meat) on Friday.  Sacrifice time to make delicious healthy home made meals that everyone can enjoy.  Stay away from desserts and sodas.  Set the table and enjoy each others company.

11) Forgive and Pray for those who have hurt you. Forgive everything from the past, once and forever.  Holding on to pain from our childhood, our parish, our spouses, does more harm to our spiritual life than you can imagine.  “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”, “Love your enemy”, “Pray for those who persecute you”, Jesus.  Pray for all those who are destroying Catholic doctrine and liturgy too.

12) Stop taking the Salvation of The World on you Shoulders.  Jesus is the savior of the world.  We are just to help those with whom we have influence.  And let us not forget, salvation starts with our own souls and family.  Every time you get depressed about the pope, bishops, priests, religious and laity, get down on our knees and pray about it.  Then, give it over to God, Mary and the Saints to take care of it.  We only do what ever we can to peacefully reform and renew the Church.  Then, we let God do the rest.  We are not God.  Invite people this lent to attend a Latin Mass, Traditional Retreat or Traditional group.  Chill out and have more joy.  God is still in charge of the Church and the world.  We are only His humble servants.

After the 40 days of Lent, hopefully we have spiritually grown and have been renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus brought about the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the whole Church.  This is the happy destination (being filled up with the Holy Spirit) we are trying to reach after the 40 days of traveling through the desert of lent.  It is so wonderful to be a traditional Catholic."
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Please listen to the frequent messages and take heed of the directions given from Our Living Lord and Our Loving Lady from around the world here: https://maryrefugeofholylove.com/ Great things are at stake. Please consecrate your life to the Blessed Mother so that the Kingdom of God may come, "Ad Sanctam Trinitatem per Mariam, Ut adveniat Regnum Deum, adveniat Regnum Mariae, ergo TOTUS TUUS ego sum, MARIA" See http://www.maria-domina-animarum.net/en/flowers/1-250

Mary, our Heavenly Mother, implores those who receive Holy Communion Daily, or at least Weekly, to Offer their Lives. TEXT OF THE LIFE OFFERING, adapted and pluralized: Dear Lord Jesus, before the Holy Trinity, Our Heavenly Mother, and the whole Heavenly Court, united with Your most Precious Blood and Your Sacrifice on Calvary, We hereby Offer our whole Lives to the Intention of Your Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Together with our life, we place at Your disposal all Holy Masses, all our Holy Communions, all Rosaries, all acts of consecration, all our good deeds, all our sacrifices, and the suffering of our entire life for the Adoration and Supplication of the Holy Trinity, for Unity in our Holy Mother Church, for the Holy Father, Pope Francis the First; and for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. For all the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, for all Bishops of the Universal Church that they may be true Apostles and Shepherds; and for Priests, Nuns and Monks, for good Priestly and Religious Vocations, and for All Souls until the end of the world. O my Jesus, please accept our life Sacrifice and our offerings and give us Your grace that we may all persevere obediently until death. Amen." https://marianapostolate.com/life-offering/ It is recommended that you make this Life Offering as soon as you feel ready, and to renew it from time to time.

Please read the Blessed Mother's amazing promises in the link: A simple effective way for thousands of us to save millions of souls. The Doctors and Apostles say if we save even just one other soul through prayer and sacrifice, we also ensure the salvation of our own! Let us Offer our Lives in Sacrifice to Jesus and Mary Today, to save, if it were possible, all souls everywhere.
 
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Re: Let's Get Ready for Lent!
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2019, 07:40:49 PM »
I updated the spreadsheet, hopefully correctly  ::)
"Begin again." -St. Teresa of Avila

“My present trial seems to me a somewhat painful one, and I have the humiliation of knowing how badly I bore it at first. I now want to accept and to carry this little cross joyfully, to carry it silently, with a smile in my heart and on my lips, in union with the Cross of Christ. My God, blessed be Thou; accept from me each day the embarrassment, inconvenience, and pain this misery causes me. May it become a prayer and an act of reparation." -Elisabeth Leseur
 
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Re: Let's Get Ready for Lent!
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2019, 05:52:25 AM »
Rorate has some nice sermons from Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea for Lent:

Lent is coming (it's here!): Time to prepare -- start here! ... Lent starts on Wednesday and we're running out of time to prepare. Here is a great place to start. Below are TWO fine resources to get you started and inspired to make this Lent fruitful.

First, as we do every year, we bring to your attention this wonderful, traditional, five-part Lenten Mission by the holy and learned Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea. While it is not short, it does go by very quickly, and is easy to follow and understand. It's clear, concise and bold.

Click on each of the five themes of the mission: Prelude to the Mission * On Death * On Judgment * On Hell * On Heaven

Second, if you don't have a specific plan for Lent ahead of time, even better a written plan, you're really not prepared.

These links take you to to a one-page fillable plan for you to prepare for the season. You may consider praying on this over the weekend and filling in the sheets by Tuesday. Don't let Ash Wednesday sneak up on you without a plan in place.

CLICK HERE for English (see the link) https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2019/03/lent-is-coming-time-to-prepare-start.html
Please listen to the frequent messages and take heed of the directions given from Our Living Lord and Our Loving Lady from around the world here: https://maryrefugeofholylove.com/ Great things are at stake. Please consecrate your life to the Blessed Mother so that the Kingdom of God may come, "Ad Sanctam Trinitatem per Mariam, Ut adveniat Regnum Deum, adveniat Regnum Mariae, ergo TOTUS TUUS ego sum, MARIA" See http://www.maria-domina-animarum.net/en/flowers/1-250

Mary, our Heavenly Mother, implores those who receive Holy Communion Daily, or at least Weekly, to Offer their Lives. TEXT OF THE LIFE OFFERING, adapted and pluralized: Dear Lord Jesus, before the Holy Trinity, Our Heavenly Mother, and the whole Heavenly Court, united with Your most Precious Blood and Your Sacrifice on Calvary, We hereby Offer our whole Lives to the Intention of Your Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Together with our life, we place at Your disposal all Holy Masses, all our Holy Communions, all Rosaries, all acts of consecration, all our good deeds, all our sacrifices, and the suffering of our entire life for the Adoration and Supplication of the Holy Trinity, for Unity in our Holy Mother Church, for the Holy Father, Pope Francis the First; and for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. For all the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, for all Bishops of the Universal Church that they may be true Apostles and Shepherds; and for Priests, Nuns and Monks, for good Priestly and Religious Vocations, and for All Souls until the end of the world. O my Jesus, please accept our life Sacrifice and our offerings and give us Your grace that we may all persevere obediently until death. Amen." https://marianapostolate.com/life-offering/ It is recommended that you make this Life Offering as soon as you feel ready, and to renew it from time to time.

Please read the Blessed Mother's amazing promises in the link: A simple effective way for thousands of us to save millions of souls. The Doctors and Apostles say if we save even just one other soul through prayer and sacrifice, we also ensure the salvation of our own! Let us Offer our Lives in Sacrifice to Jesus and Mary Today, to save, if it were possible, all souls everywhere.
 

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Re: Let's Get Ready for Lent!
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2019, 12:57:31 PM »
Jesus said some demons are not cast out without fasting, "But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting." (Mat 17:21) So we know fasting is absolutely key to spiritual warfare. Below, an exorcist Priest, Fr. Edgardo Allerano - who testifies that demons have taken control of several Cardinals and Bishops in the Hierarchy of the Church - asks us to dedicate many days of fasting during this Lent, as the best service we can each render to the Church.

Please listen to the frequent messages and take heed of the directions given from Our Living Lord and Our Loving Lady from around the world here: https://maryrefugeofholylove.com/ Great things are at stake. Please consecrate your life to the Blessed Mother so that the Kingdom of God may come, "Ad Sanctam Trinitatem per Mariam, Ut adveniat Regnum Deum, adveniat Regnum Mariae, ergo TOTUS TUUS ego sum, MARIA" See http://www.maria-domina-animarum.net/en/flowers/1-250

Mary, our Heavenly Mother, implores those who receive Holy Communion Daily, or at least Weekly, to Offer their Lives. TEXT OF THE LIFE OFFERING, adapted and pluralized: Dear Lord Jesus, before the Holy Trinity, Our Heavenly Mother, and the whole Heavenly Court, united with Your most Precious Blood and Your Sacrifice on Calvary, We hereby Offer our whole Lives to the Intention of Your Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Together with our life, we place at Your disposal all Holy Masses, all our Holy Communions, all Rosaries, all acts of consecration, all our good deeds, all our sacrifices, and the suffering of our entire life for the Adoration and Supplication of the Holy Trinity, for Unity in our Holy Mother Church, for the Holy Father, Pope Francis the First; and for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. For all the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, for all Bishops of the Universal Church that they may be true Apostles and Shepherds; and for Priests, Nuns and Monks, for good Priestly and Religious Vocations, and for All Souls until the end of the world. O my Jesus, please accept our life Sacrifice and our offerings and give us Your grace that we may all persevere obediently until death. Amen." https://marianapostolate.com/life-offering/ It is recommended that you make this Life Offering as soon as you feel ready, and to renew it from time to time.

Please read the Blessed Mother's amazing promises in the link: A simple effective way for thousands of us to save millions of souls. The Doctors and Apostles say if we save even just one other soul through prayer and sacrifice, we also ensure the salvation of our own! Let us Offer our Lives in Sacrifice to Jesus and Mary Today, to save, if it were possible, all souls everywhere.