Posted by: fvbcdm | March 7, 2014

Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity (7 March 2014)

This weekend brings us many things to think about in our life of faith and prayer. I will simply touch on a two of them today.  This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, the day when in the new process of preparing people to enter the Church, we observe the Rite of Election, when those preparing for either baptism or reception into full communion with the Church are formally welcomed and blessed by the bishop of each diocese. It is a special day for them, and indeed for the entire Catholic community throughout the world. I don’t know the world-wide statistics, but something like 100,000 adults come into the Church each year in the United States.

And then the alternate opening prayer for this Sunday is so precise and so expressive of the entire season of Lent that it gives us a wonderful theme for meditation and prayer. It says this: Lord our God, you formed man from the clay of the earth and breathed into him the spirit of life, but he turned from your face and sinned. In this time of repentance we call out for your mercy. Bring us back to you and to the life your Son won for us by his death on the cross, for he lives and reigns forever and ever. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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