FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
March 5-11, 2017
This Sunday’s readings speak of the entrance of sin and death into the world. We only need to look at ourselves to see how easy it is to want to be like gods and know all things. Genesis 2: 7-9; 3:1-7 The desire to be able to control everything and everybody around us is that sin of pride – the basis of all sin. We don’t like to be told what to do or when to do it. Humility is a very difficult virtue to practice. Obedience to God’s will is another hard practice. Lent offers us an opportunity to practice these virtues. Jesus is the epitome of humility and obedience to the Father. He is the one who brought us “the gift of justification....acquittal and life….and righteous.” Romans 5: 12-19 We can also practice gratitude for the gift of salvation.
Matthew 4:4 relates the story of the devil tempting Jesus to sin. The devil offered him power, position and possessions. All those things to which we are tempted, too. Jesus defeated the devil with Scripture and faithfulness to his Father. “One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” “You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” “Get away, Satan. The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.” After these trials the “angels came and ministered to him.” We can use these passages during our times of temptation. Angels also accompany us in life’s trials.
Saints Perpetua and Felicity, were both mothers, one a noblewoman and the other a slave girl. They were martyred in the Roman games around 203. We honor them on March 7 for their faithfulness to Christ.
St. John of God, born in 1495, lived a greedy and brutal life as an adult, but occasionally remembered the piety of his childhood, before he was kidnapped and reduced to poverty and hard living. In his early forties he confessed his sins and embraced a life of penance. He opened his home to the sick, poor and homeless, establishing a hospital, homeless shelter and halfway house. The Bishop of Granada gave him the name, John of God, and approved his work.
In the fourteenth century St. Frances of Rome felt called to religious life, but was forced to marry. She bore three children, losing two to the plague. Besides caring for her family she served the poor and opened a wing of her home as a hospital. She received the Pope’s permission to establish a society of women for charitable works. After her husband’s death she lived with this society.
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We have these wonderful Christian examples to give us encouragement in our journey to God. Thanks be to God.
Just a reminder that all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF