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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

THE BOOK OF DANIEL DURING LENT

Today is Ash Wednesday.  I have decided to embark on a pretty large challenge for Lent.  I will do a pretty intense fast for the first 8 days of lent then continue for the rest of lent with a modified version of the Daniel Fast.

I have been wanting to do another Daniel Fast for a while now for many reasons and I felt it was time during this lent.  I need to strip my flesh of baggage that ways any of us down.  I need to hear God's voice in the middle of this crazy world.  I want to abandon myself fully to God.

I love the story of Daniel and I am really looking forward to digging into this book from the bible during lent.

The moral of the book of Daniel is that good men of faith can resist temptation and conquer adversity.

Daniel 1:12 *(Daniel said)..."Please test your servants for 10 days.  give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13: Then see how we look in comparison with the other men who eat from the royal table, and treat your servants according to what you see....15: After 10 days they looked healthier and better fed than any of the young men who ate from the royal table....17: To these 4 young men God gave knowledge and proficiency in all literature and science and to Daniel the understanding of all visions and dreams.

Wow...God is amazing!  It amazes me how when we honor Him and when we make joyful sacrifices He honors us with great gifts.  And the greatest of those gifts is His love!

I feel great love for this lent...I know God is going to do wonderful, amazing things not only with me, through me, for me....but also for all those who are willing to make a little bit of a sacrifice, too!

Monday, February 11, 2013

WOMEN WHO VEIL

Last week several of the college students I have the honor of working with asked a very interesting question: Why do some women in the Catholic Church veil themselves?  Why did they in the past and not now?  And what was the significance to it?

I found this really great answer...check it out at:

Why do some women wear a veil to a Catholic church?

MONDAYS WITH MARY


What do you desire to give up, to sacrifice, for your love of Jesus?

What are you going to add to your 40 days to enhance your spiritual journey?

What about adding the rosary to your daily life?

I know...you don't have time.  It's too long. You don't know how to pray the rosary.  We all make great excuses why we can't.  We think it has to be an all or nothing prayer.  But here is a thought...

There are 20 decades: 5 Joyful, 5 Sorrowful, 5 Luminous, 5 Glorious.

There are 40 days in lent.

The first 20 days of lent pray one decade a day reflecting on what the decade means to you and your life.

The second half of lent, the next 20 days, do it again.  This time when you pray a decade each day find the biblical reference to that decade.

Discover the awesome connection of the bible to the rosary...to Mary our mother!