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SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR THIS WEEK

THESE EXERCISES ARE NOT MANDATORY BUT VOLUNTARY; THEY ARE GROUPED TOGETHER FOR YOU TO SELECT THOSE WHICH BEST SUIT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

ACTS OF VIRTUE

1. Observe a strict silence when there is no need or just reason to speak and remain in God’s presence, in order to imitate, according to your. capacity, the Sacred Heart. Say seven Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glory Bes in honour of St Joseph, asking him to obtain for you the interior peace and order that is so necessary for receiving the aid of the Sacred Heart.
2. Fast from food, mortify your stomach, and stay in uncomfortable positions or postures. Say five Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glory bes in honour of St Margaret Mary Alacoque, that she may obtain for you the spirit of Christian mortification.

3. Carry with greater patience your everyday cross, whether it be illness, poverty or certain temptations, and carry it not just with lamentation, but giving thanks to the Lord, who gave it to you for your good to make you into the image of His Son. Look at Christ crucified for a quarter of an hour, with faith, thinking at every moment of His divine patience; learn how to exercise your patience alongside Him to gain eternal life.
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SELF-DENIAL DURING LENT AND AT ALL OTHER TIMES OF THE YEAR?

÷ But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that I by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be cast into hell (1 Corinthians 9:27). ÷

“We all know the hard core of self-centredness that can exist within every human being. We recognise it in ourselves; we see it in others. It leads, in practice, to that point at which every other need, every good idea, comes second to my own.

Yet we also know moments and experiences when our hard shell, on which some have broken their hearts, is smashed. It might be the experience of falling in love, or of becoming a parent. Nothing is ever the same again. Someone else comes first!

We can practise putting others first and ourselves in second place. In Christian living it is called self-denial, and goes hand in hand with practical generosity. The source from which it flows is a trusting faith in God. That is why prayer is the true and good companion of self-denial and almsgiving.”
– From “A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2009” by AlivePublishing. For information about their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 

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A MIRACULOUS MEDAL PRAYER

THIS PRAYER IS RECITED AS A NOVENA (ON NINE CONSECUTIVE DAYS).

Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in your all-powerful and never-failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we, your loving and trustful children implore you to obtain for us (mention your request), if it be beneficial to our immortal souls, and the souls for which we pray.

You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of your Son Who hates iniquity. Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word, and deed may tend to His greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where you are the Queen of Angels and of People. Amen.

 
 

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