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While the world changes, the cross stands firm  --- motto on which the Carthusian Order was founded. 

Existence
Every morning Bernard would ask himself, 
"Why have I come here?",  and then <would> remind himself of his main duty - lead a holy life.
-- St Bernard of Clairvaux

Happiness
You are unhappy?  Think: There must be an obstacle between God and me. You will seldom be wrong.
-- St Josemaria Escriva: The Way

Obedience
By your work you show what you love and what you know. When you observe true obedience with prudence and enthusiasm, it is clear that you wisely pick the most delightful and nourishing fruit of divine Scripture 
- letter by St Bruno to the Carthusians 

Humility
"Without me, you can do nothing, our Lord has told us. 
And he has said it so that you and I won't credit ourselves with successes that are his. 'Sine me, nihil!'"
-- St Josemaria Escriva: The Way 

Practice of Holiness
"You must be holy in the way that God asks you to be holy. God does not ask you to be a Trappist monk or a hermit. He wills that you sanctify the world and your everyday life." 
-- St Vincent Pallotti

Pilgrim's Note:    Imitating Christ
                               Light and Darkness: The Danger of Walking in the Grey


Calendar:             MARCH 2019


  Holy Father's Monthly Prayer Intentions for
What is the process in the preparation of the prepared prayer intentions? The faithful from around the world suggest papal prayer intentions to the international office of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in Rome. Through prayerful discernment the international office selects a large number of them and submits them to the Vatican for further selection, with the Pope making the final selection. The Vatican then entrusts to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network the official set of monthly prayer intentions, which are then translated into the major world languages and published in print and digital formats.
MARCH
Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities
That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

Vatican Documents:
    On Christ's Most Precious Gift, the Eucharist:  Ecclesia De Eucharista
​    The FOUR Mysteries of the Holy Rosary:  Rosarium Virginis Mariae
​    Role of Christ, the Church and other religions:  Notification
​    Legal Challenges to Family & Marriage:  Family, Marriage  & "De Facto" Unions
​    Consecration of Church for the Third Millennium:    Act Of Entrustment To Mary

General Reflections:
    Falling Into the Same Sin(s) Over and Over Again...What Can I Do?
    At Your Word I Will Let Down The Nets  - Luke 5:5
    Is Confession of Sins Possible Before Becoming Catholic?


This week in the Church Liturgical Year
Readings:  Sundays-Year B / Weekdays-Cycle 2

Season of LENT

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. 
      The 40 days of the Lenten season traditionally extend until Holy Saturday (excluding Sundays) but liturgical reform placing special emphasis to the Sacred Triduum (Eucharistic Celebration of the Lord's Last Supper or Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Service and Holy Saturday Vigil Mass) now actually count to 37 days, up to Wednesday (inclusive) in Holy Week; however, the spirit of Lenten abstinence is observed until Easter Sunday.
      Today's liturgy is an invitation to penance. During the imposition of the ashes we chant: "Let us change our garments, and cover ourselves with sackcloth and ashes; let us fast and weep before the Lord." 
      It is an invitation to the corporal penance which is especially prescribed for this season; but it is immediately followed by the invitation to be converted: "Let us atone for the sins we have committed." 
      The end of physical mortification is spiritual penance - humility, recognition of our faults, compunction of heart, and the reform of our lives.

Fast & Abstinence (Canons 1251, 1252)
    (1). This is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. 
    (2). It is incumbent on all Christians aged between 18 and 60 years; all those below 18 but above 14 are encouraged to         do so.
    (3). Regarding the Laws of Fast and Abstinence, if one is unable to observe such, they may do penance in one of the         following or similar ways:
        [a]. Attendance at Mass
        [b]. A work of mercy, eg:
            -----giving alms to the poor
            ------visiting the sick
        [c]. An exercise of piety, eg:
            ------observing and praying at the Stations of the Cross
            ------visits to the Blessed Sacrament
            ------praying the rosary
            ------depriving oneself of some enjoyable food
            ------abstaining from alcohol or smoking
            ------giving up a television or video show.
All About Lent  
The Practice of Lenten Practices
Lenten Reading Series for Families - Daily theme and Bible passage


SUNDAY  17 MARCH    SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT


Monday  18 March  Scripture Reflection
St Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop, Doctor of the Church

Tuesday 19 March  Scripture Reflection
St Joseph, Husband of Mary    Solemnity

Wednesday  20 March   Scripture Reflection
St Cuthbert, bishop

Thursday  21 March   Scripture Reflection
St Serapion of Thmuis, bishop

Friday   22 March  Scripture Reflection
St Octavian of Carthage, archdeacon, Martyr, & Companions, Martyrs

Saturday  23 March   Scripture Reflection
St Turibius of Mogrovejo, archbishop    Commemoration


SUNDAY  24 MARCH    THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT


RESOURCES

Jesus Christ
    Do We Need Jesus?
    The following six articles are from the Knights of Columbus Home Study Course.
    1. Christ Is Necessary for You
    2. One with the Father
    3. He Is Our God
    4. The First Christians and Christ
    5. The Son of God and His Church
    6. The Divine Christ and the Bible

The Divinity of Christ
"Attack each of these evasions — Jesus as the good man. Jesus as the lunatic, Jesus as the liar, Jesus as the man who never claimed divinity, Jesus as the mystic — take away these flight squares, and there is only one square left for the unbeliever's king to move to. And on that square waits checkmate. And a joyous mating it is. 
The whole argument is really a wedding invitation." 
Peter Kreeft, “The Divinity of Christ.” (Ch 8, 59-63 in Fundamentals of the Faith, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988)

The doctrine of Christ's divinity (that He is indeed God) is the central Christian doctrine, for it is like a skeleton key that opens all the others. Christians have not independently reasoned out and tested each of the teachings of Christ received via Bible and Church, but believe them all on his authority. 
    The argument the early apologists used to defend this apparently indefensible doctrine has become a classic one. 
    Unbelievers almost always say he was a good man, not a bad man; that he was a great moral teacher, a sage, a philosopher, a moralist, and a prophet, not a criminal, not a man who deserved to be crucified. 
    But a good man is the one thing he could not possibly have been according to simple common sense and logic. For he claimed to be God. 
    Now what would we think of a person who went around making these claims today? Certainly not that he was a good man or a sage. 
    Only two possibilities: he either speaks the truth or not. 
            > If he speaks the truth, he is God and the case is closed. We must believe him and worship him. 
            > If he does not speak the truth, then he is not God but a mere man. But a mere man who wants you to worship him as God is not a good man. He is a very bad man indeed, either morally or intellectually. And taking the argument further logically...If he knows that he is not God, then he is morally bad, a liar trying deliberately to deceive you into blasphemy. If he does not know that he is not God, if he sincerely thinks he is God, then he is intellectually bad, in fact, insane. Read the full article.


Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Mother of God
Mary's Role In Salvation:   Mary's utterance "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord..." (Luke 1:38) was that unique assent that completed salvation history. As the new Eve, conceived without sin, and as Christ's first disciple, her simple exclamation of discipleship (Luke 9:23Luke 5:27-28) was the most profound act of faith that continues in time as we are in turn challenged to say "yes" to God in every instance of our daily life. 
    Pope John Paul II: Abide with us, Immaculate Mother
    Ask Father! series: Mary as the Immaculate (sinless) Conception


The Saints
    Why Do We Honour the Saints?
    The Process of Being Declared Officially a Saint
    Patron Saints Index
    Upon Death...What Transpires? -- Catechism of the Catholic Church


The Angels
    The Nine Choirs of Angels
    Chaplet of St Michael - acknowledging their role in helping us to Heaven
    The Angels by Pascal P Parente 
        Chapter 1: Morning Stars of Creation 
        Chapter 2: Angelic Nature and its Operation
        Chapter 3: The Sons of God and the Sons of Perdition
        Chapter 4: Angels and Their Names
        Chapter 6: Proper Names of the Angels
    Cherubim
    Seraphim 
    Angels and Beatific Vision
    Do Angels Exist?


Church Liturgy
    Liturgy of the Mass
    Solemnities, Feasts, Memorials
    Understanding the Church Liturgical Calendar 


General
Articles:    The Precepts of the Church                 Is This God?
                    Is Missing Sunday Mass a Sin?          How Men Find God
                    Did Jesus Laugh?                                God: Do We Choose To Love Him?
                          Lorica of St Patrick                              Terminology: Use of "Pray"
                      Legends of the Rhine       
 
Christian Blogs & Websites:
    Apologetics & Commentary by Jimmy Akin
    Israel Yesterday and Today: A pilgrimage in word & image
    The Sword of the Spirit
    Liturgy of the Hours (aka Divine Office) Online (also for mobile devices)
​    Our Lady's Warriors

Know Thy Church History:   We focus on General or Ecumenical Councils and state why indeed we cover this summarised means of understanding Church history.
        General Councils (GCs):    An Overview
                                                   An Introduction to the detailed history 
        Eastern GCs1 to 8 :    
        Western GCs9 to 21  (incl last held, 21st GC Vatican Council II)

Spotlight on Contemplative Orders:

    The Cistercians (Trappists)New Melleray Abbey
New Melleray is a Cistercian (Trappist) monastery located in the rolling farmland south of Dubuque, Iowa. Currently, about 30 monks live, work and pray at New Melleray. 
The monks of New Melleray are Catholics, professing the Rule of St Benedict in the spirit of the founders of Citeaux, as handed on in the tradition of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, within a community wholly orientated to a contemplative life of prayer.
    The Carthusians
The Carthusians are a Christian religious order founded by St Bruno in 1084. There exist both Carthusian monks and nuns. They follow their own Rule, called the Statutes, rather than the Rule of St Benedict (as is often erroneously reported) and combine eremitical (hermit-like) and cenobitic monastic life. 
Carthusians are sometimes considered the highest order of the Catholic Church, in terms of strictness (this refers to the idea that one is only allowed to switch your religious order if you are going to one that is more strict, and the top being the Carthusians). More...

The Religious Orders:
The differences between religious orders are fewer than one might initially expect. For someone who is beginning their discernment process, this may come as a surprise, as it is easy to feel a little overwhelmed at the number of religious orders in existence today (Franciscans, Benedictines, Dominicans, Carmelites, Trappists, etc.). More...

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