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Repentance

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John 13:21-38

"No one is beyond redemption. There is no crime, no misdeed, no transgression beyond the reach of God's mercy. However, the sin or transgression that is beyond God's reach, that cannot be forgiven, is where the person who committed it does not seek or want God's forgiveness or mercy. They close their heart and turn their back on God . . . This is why the grace or repentance, the act of contrition, is such a mercy: because it is a sign of God's presence in our lives."

Lord Jesus, this Lent lead me to make a good confession. May I seek out the grace of God's mercy and forgiveness with a humble and contrite heart.

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Waste some time . . .

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John 12:1-11

One of our most precious commodities is our time. During Holy Week, like Mary, we wash Jesus' feet with oil and tears of our time. Waste some time, pour it out generously; find some space to be still and be with God.

Chris (quote from
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The Meaning of the Cross

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Jesus's cross "has given a meaning to the various, shifting course, the trials, the temptations, the sufferings, of his earthly state. It has brought together and made consistent all that seemed discordant and aimless. It has taught us how to live, how to use this world, what to expect, what to desire, what to hope. It is the tone into which all the strains of this world’s music are ultimately to be resolved.”

Blessed John Henry Newman
http://www.cardinaljohnhenrynewman.com/embracing-the-cross-cardinal-newman/
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Holy Week

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On Sunday Holy Week begins. Remember that Jesus was not the victim of the events or of the circumstances of his Passion and death: we witness the unfolding of God's plan of salvation. It is the greatest story ever told, but it isn't only a story; these are real events from history. We give thanks and praise to Jesus because he chose freely and willingly to lay down his life – for us.

"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep."
John 10:11

Chris
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Prayer – from Bible Alive

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In the prayer at the beginning of Mass, the liturgy points out three key attitudes: vigilance in prayer, diligence in charity and exultation in praise. Firstly, we must pray with vigilance. Secondly, we must be hardworking in charity: fraternal charity – not only giving alms, but being tolerant of those who annoy us, our children when they make too much noise, or our husband or wife when they are difficult. Charity or love always mean sweat, hard work, even tears. And thirdly we must be exultant in joy. This desire to encounter the Lord must be our quest, our deepest thirst and desire.

Bible Alive, 7 March 2018

Holy Spirit, give me the grace today to be an authentic witness of Christian joy, hope and love.

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