3/2- Lent 2020 Monday Motivation


This section will only include Lenten Events.  For more events within our parish or surrounding community, please visit the parish website.

Opportunities for this week:

3/2-Monday:

3/3-Tuesday:
Mass 9:00am
Rosary 10:00am
Mary’s Way of the Cross 11:00am
Stations of the Cross with Students 2:30pm

3/4-Wednesday:
Mass at Our Lady 7:00am 
Mass at Bishop Hills 9:00am 
Child Friendly Adoration 3:00pm
Forming Your Faith (Prayer- A Surge of the Heart) 5:00pm
Wednesday Night LIVE! 6:45pm

3/5-Thursday:
Mass 9:00am

3/6-Friday:
Mass 9:00am
Transformed through Lent Retreat 9:00am
Friday Morning Scripture Study 9:45am
Women’s Bible Study 10:00 am
Soup, Speaker, Stations 5:30pm

3/7-Saturday:
Reconciliation 3:30pm
Mass 5:00pm

3/8-Sunday:
Mass 9:00am
Knights of Columbus Breakfast 10:00am
Mass 11:00am
Parish Penance Service 6:00pm


Song Suggestion

This week’s song suggestion is “If I’ll Ever”, by Adie.

Take time to listen to this song.  How is it speaking to you?

Each week we will offer reflections on one of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Cardinal Virtues that accompany them.  Click the image to learn more about each reflection area.

Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

Lust (ST II-II q.153; CCC 2351)
Lust is disordered desire for sexual pleasure, isolated from its procreative and unitive purpose (CCC 2351).

 Custody of the Eyes: “Whoever looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt 5:28)

  • Do I view others as mere sexual objects rather than as persons to be loved and honored?
  • Do I depersonalize others and express lack of concern for their slavery within pornography to enable my own pleasure?
  • Pornography: On internet? or TV?
  •  Impure Thoughts: Do I entertain impure thoughts? Impure Acts: Alone, or with another? 

Seven Cardinal Virtues: Chastity

Chastity overcomes the sin of lust. Everyone could use more chastity in a world that is constantly displaying sexual images. The Catholic Bible tells us that our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit. The virtue of Chastity can help calm our lustful desire for sexual acts and restrain our wandering eyes


LET US PRAY!

Faithful God, prune me where necessary so that I may live a more faithful and fruitful life in your service. Amen.

Duchow, Gil.  The Saving Passion Lenten Devotions. The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust and Creative Communications for the Parish. 2019.

Which false idol?

By Bishop Robert Barron

LUKE 4:1-13
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, and when they were over he was hungry.  The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”  Jesus answered him, “It is written,
One does not live on bread alone.” Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.  The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish.  All this will be yours, if you worship me.” 
Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written:
You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone you serve.'”
Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written:
‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ and:‘With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’
Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says, ‘
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'”
 When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.

Friends, in this Gospel reading, Luke gives us the story of the temptation in the desert.  At every point in the Gospels, we are meant to identify with Jesus.  God became man that man might become God.  We participate in him and thereby learn what a godly life is like.

First, the tempter urges him to use his divine power to satisfy his bodily desires, which Jesus dismisses with a word.  Having failed at his first attempt, the devil plays a subtler game- the temptation faced by Adam and Even in the garden: you will decide how and when God will act.

And then the last and perhaps the greatest of the temptations: power.  Power is extremely seductive.  Many would gladly eschew material things or attention or fame in order to get it.  Jesus’ great answer in Matthew’s account of this story is “Get away, Satan!” (Matt. 4:10).  To seek power to serve Satan- it is state that bluntly.

Reflect:

Which false idol- pleasure, power, honor, or wealth- tempts you the most?  Why?

Barron, Bishop Robert. Lenten Gospel Reflections . Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc. 2001.

3/3-Tuesday: 
Mass 9:00am

3/4-Wednesday:
Mass at Our Lady 7:00am
Mass at Bishop Hills 9:00am
Child Friendly Adoration 3:00pm

3/5-Thursday:
Mass 9:00am

3/6-Friday:
Mass 9:00am

3/7-Saturday:
Reconciliation 3:30pm
Mass 5:00pm

3/8-Sunday:
Mass 9:00am
Mass 11:00am
Parish Penance Service 6:00pm