Thoughts For Lent

“The important thing is to teach

 

 

the child who he is, who God is,

 
and how God wants to mingle His life

 

 

with his by coming to dwell in him.”

 
Fr. Raoul Plus, S.J.

 

Lent: the 40-day period of preparation for the Death and the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here Holy Mother Church gives each of us time to follow in the footsteps of Our Divine Saviour in a special way. At other times, we are called to imitate joy, expectation, diligence and perseverance. In Lent, it is self-discipline, self-control, prayer, penance, fasting and almsgiving that help us to curb our innate selfish tendencies and raise our hearts, our minds and our souls to God.

What better gift can we give to children?

Let us a take a moment this Lent to consider a few things that we can do to help “the little ones come unto” Him.

 

Benefits:

  • Lent helps the acquisition of good habits and the practice of virtue.
  • Prayer raises the heart and mind of a child to God.
  • Prayer obtains the graces necessary for a virtuous life leading to sanctification and salvation.
  • Penance will curb the effects of Original Sin such as selfishness, intemperance and pride.
  • Fasting, in particular, helps a child to gain mastery over their tendencies, desires and inclinations.
  • Self-Control which is one of the fundamental elements of virtue, it is obtained through penance and fasting.
  • Almsgiving teaches us to help those less fortunate than we are. It teaches us to be grateful for what we have received. It helps children to understand the difference between needs and wants.
  • Almsgiving also curbs selfishness by inviting the child to think of others and the needs of others.

 

Tips to help children with the 3 great Lenten practices:

 

Prayer is when we talk to God. Help a child do this by setting up the resolution to pray with him/her every day. It can be as simple as a Hail Mary, one decade of the Holy Rosary, or a whole Rosary depending on the child’s age and attention capacity.

Spend time with the child in front of Our Divine Saviour truly present in the Blessed Sacrament on the altar. On your way to the shopping centre or to a play-date for your child, take 5 minutes to greet or bow to Our Lord. This might not seem like much, but it instils in the child the importance of God as the centre of life.

 

Penance and Fasting. To instil the practice of penance, simple things will do. Giving up something the child really likes and enjoys like a specific toy, is a good practice in learning penance for a child. It is important that the adult guide the child in this. Perhaps it is best for the child to start giving something one-day-at-a-time and renewing the resolution and the reasons for it each day. This helps the child learn and remember the importance of penance and the reasons it is necessary.

Fasting can take the form of giving up the last bite of a delicious dessert or the entire dessert. It can also be giving up a TV show or a certain game. Fasting can also be doing something we don’t want to do. For example, I really want to just relax and do nothing, but I go and spend time with someone who is alone. In this case, I fast from my own desires and wants. The key to these practices is doing them together with the child so that you lead by word and example.

 

Almsgiving can be done through the Church or in person. Help your child to drop an alms for the poor in the poor box at your local Church. You can also provide the opportunity to help someone who is in need. For example, if you know someone who is elderly and poor, take your child with you to go and prepare them a meal and spend time with them. The alms being given is your effort and your time. Thus, it helps the child learn that alms can be given in many ways, not just financially.

It is commonly said that it takes 23 – 31 days to form a good habit. Holy Mother Church, in her wisdom, gives us a wonderful opportunity in Lent to do just that, with a few days for consolidation.

It is an excellent time to help that child that you love so much to grow in virtue and in grace. It is the time in which you can help that little one form habits that help them become true disciples of Jesus Christ and true devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In essence, it gives them the tools and the means to walk in the best way possible the path toward our Heavenly Home!

 

One last thought: We all understand that a young person needs to go study for whatever it is that they wish to do or be in life. A doctor, a nurse, a teacher, a priest, a business consultant and so on. In the same way, religion, Christian piety, good habits and virtue also need teaching and the BEST University to learn in is the home; and the best teachers are mom and dad. For this did the Creator entrusted his little ones to you.

 

“The important thing is to teach the child who he is, who God is, 
and how God wants to mingle His life with his by coming to dwell in him.”
 

Fr. Raoul Plus, S.J.

 

Lent: the 40-day period of preparation for the Death and the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here Holy Mother Church gives each of us time to follow in the footsteps of Our Divine Saviour in a special way. At other times, we are called to imitate joy, expectation, diligence and perseverance. In Lent, it is self-discipline, self-control, prayer, penance, fasting and almsgiving that help us to curb our innate selfish tendencies and raise our hearts, our minds and our souls to God.

What better gift can we give to children?

Let us a take a moment this Lent to consider a few things that we can do to help “the little ones come unto” Him.

 

Benefits:

  • Lent helps the acquisition of good habits and the practice of virtue.
  • Prayer raises the heart and mind of a child to God.
  • Prayer obtains the graces necessary for a virtuous life leading to sanctification and salvation.
  • Penance will curb the effects of Original Sin such as selfishness, intemperance and pride.
  • Fasting, in particular, helps a child to gain mastery over their tendencies, desires and inclinations.
  • Self-Control which is one of the fundamental elements of virtue, it is obtained through penance and fasting.
  • Almsgiving teaches us to help those less fortunate than we are. It teaches us to be grateful for what we have received. It helps children to understand the difference between needs and wants.
  • Almsgiving also curbs selfishness by inviting the child to think of others and the needs of others.

 

Tips to help children with the 3 great Lenten practices:

 

Prayer is when we talk to God. Help a child do this by setting up the resolution to pray with him/her every day. It can be as simple as a Hail Mary, one decade of the Holy Rosary, or a whole Rosary depending on the child’s age and attention capacity.

Spend time with the child in front of Our Divine Saviour truly present in the Blessed Sacrament on the altar. On your way to the shopping centre or to a play-date for your child, take 5 minutes to greet or bow to Our Lord. This might not seem like much, but it instils in the child the importance of God as the centre of life.

 

Penance and Fasting. To instil the practice of penance, simple things will do. Giving up something the child really likes and enjoys like a specific toy, is a good practice in learning penance for a child. It is important that the adult guide the child in this. Perhaps it is best for the child to start giving something one-day-at-a-time and renewing the resolution and the reasons for it each day. This helps the child learn and remember the importance of penance and the reasons it is necessary.

Fasting can take the form of giving up the last bite of a delicious dessert or the entire dessert. It can also be giving up a TV show or a certain game. Fasting can also be doing something we don’t want to do. For example, I really want to just relax and do nothing, but I go and spend time with someone who is alone. In this case, I fast from my own desires and wants. The key to these practices is doing them together with the child so that you lead by word and example.

 

Almsgiving can be done through the Church or in person. Help your child to drop an alms for the poor in the poor box at your local Church. You can also provide the opportunity to help someone who is in need. For example, if you know someone who is elderly and poor, take your child with you to go and prepare them a meal and spend time with them. The alms being given is your effort and your time. Thus, it helps the child learn that alms can be given in many ways, not just financially.

It is commonly said that it takes 23 – 31 days to form a good habit. Holy Mother Church, in her wisdom, gives us a wonderful opportunity in Lent to do just that, with a few days for consolidation.

It is an excellent time to help that child that you love so much to grow in virtue and in grace. It is the time in which you can help that little one form habits that help them become true disciples of Jesus Christ and true devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In essence, it gives them the tools and the means to walk in the best way possible the path toward our Heavenly Home!

 

One last thought: We all understand that a young person needs to go study for whatever it is that they wish to do or be in life. A doctor, a nurse, a teacher, a priest, a business consultant and so on. In the same way, religion, Christian piety, good habits and virtue also need teaching and the BEST University to learn in is the home; and the best teachers are mom and dad. For this did the Creator entrusted his little ones to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask YouTube To Pull ALL Online Videos Of

Blasphemous Desecrations Of 

The Holy Eucharist…

 

Please Send Your E-Petition Now!

 


 Dear Readers, 

Below is an importat alert and request from Robert Ritchie, which needs your attention and help, would be grateful if you will read to the end and take action. Thank you.

 

Dear Mrs. Cully,

 

     The online video sharing site YouTube allows videos of brutal attacks on the Holy Eucharist.  Perhaps the worst is:

 

How To Desecrate the Host 1: Butane Torch

  • 14 seconds in, it assures the viewer:
                          “Real host acquired from a Catholic Church”

     It shows a host being held in a needle-nose plier while an off-screen person lights a butane torch and thoroughly burns the host to a crisp.

 

     It was posted on YouTube by user name HostDesecrator. Can such a name leave any doubt as to the author’s intentions? I think not.

 

     Is this not pure malice…silent, brutal, and straight-to-the-point?

 

Please Tell YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki To Take Down These Videos

Ms. Wojcicki: NO HOST DESECRATION VIDEOS 

 

     Beneath the offensive video are a series of viewer comments about the video.

 

     They demonstrate to any reasonable person that these host desecration videos have the primary purpose of inciting hatred against the Catholic religion.

 

Cdabiri

i hope jesus is real and can feel pain when a host is desecraed becuse that jew did nothing but die on a cross for not paying taxes that were used to build roads aqueducts and irrigation systems for judea

 

rusda2

you catholics just dont get it. your church is about nothing but power and control. this 'hate speech' thing is just another way RCC/popes/catholics are seeking power to shut everyones mouth by taking away freedom of speech. your church/popes are against freedom of speech & religion that we enjoy in america (for now). everyone read the syllabus of errors by pope pius the 9th to learn what the catholic church is really about and why people fled to america to escape papal/church tyranny.

 

Please Tell YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki To Take Down These Videos

Ms. Wojcicki: NO HOST DESECRATION VIDEOS

 

     And this same HostDesecrator has posted two more “How to Desecrate the Host” videos:

  1. Draw Mohammed On It (which is exactly what he does with a host)
  2. Freeze It In Dry Ice (ditto)

      YouTube’s own Hate Speech Policy disqualifies these videos from being hosted by YouTube.

 

We encourage free speech and try to defend your right to express unpopular points of view, but we don't permit hate speech.

 

Hate speech refers to content that promotes violence against or has the primary purpose of inciting hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes, such as: …

  • religion

 

Please Tell YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki To Take Down These Videos.

Ms. Wojcicki: NO HOST DESECRATION VIDEOS ALLOWED

 

     Please send it today.

 

     But to be effective, I need you to pray and to help me mobilize hundreds of thousands of Catholics immediately in a massive peaceful, pious, and prayerful e-protest.

 

     If tens of thousands of Catholics pray and speak up, there's a chance YouTubewill enforce its policy and remove these sacrilegious attacks on the Holy Eucharist. 

 

Desecrating the Holy Eucharist is "hate speech" in my book.

 

So please pray and send YouTube your

NO HOST DESECRATION VIDEOS

E-petition today.

 

 

 

May Our Lady reward you,

 

 

 

Robert E. Ritchie
America Needs Fatima
www.anf.org

 

 

PS: --- Our previous e-petitions to YouTube against the Eucharist Desecrations videos posted online were a success -- the user who had posted 55 sacrilegious videos of the Holy Eucharist pulled them off the Internet.  Thank God!

 

And now it is time to speak out against sacrilegious videos once again. 

 

 

Dear Readers

 

Below is an urgent request, to sign a petition,

 

 

to ensure the common decency

 

 

and purity of our children and families

 

are safeguarded

 

I just signed a petition asking the National Park Service

 

 

not to allow a 45-foot nude female statue

 

 

on the National Mall, called “R-Evolution.”

 

This statue offends the sense of modesty,

 

 

common decency and the purity of children and families.

 

Above all, it offends God.

 

 

It would also normalize nudity

 

 

and wreck the last vestiges of modesty in America.

 

You can sign the petition by CLICKING HERE. Thank you! 

Dear Friends here is a petition for your prayers I received from Robert Ritchie of America Needs Fatima I am shariing his letter with all you good friends, in the hope that the rosary will be recited daily by all who read it.
 
 
 
Dear Mrs. Cully,
 
     Now more than ever, we need the rosary.
 
     I mean, why else would Mary have repeated the command “Pray the Rosary” with each and every one of her appearances at Fatima?
 
     She promised the Rosary would bring peace to the world…
 
     But do we have peace?
 
     No, sadly, not in the world, not in our cities and towns, not even in our individual lives.
 
     So, we have to ask, are her promises empty?
 
     No, my friend, her promises are not empty – history has proven that over and over again…
 
     But our response to her requests at Fatima have fallen short, big time
 
     But it is not too late!
 
     In this Fatima Centennial year, let’s join together in redoubling our efforts to pray the Rosary and pray it with conviction, trusting in her promises, like the student in Bagdad….
 
     Let me tell you about it: 
 
     A 25-year-old female student was praying in the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad on October 31, 2010 …
 
     …when Muslim terrorists attacked!
 
     Amid that horrific bedlam and terrible carnage, the student courageously hung on to her rosary and prayed even as the Islamic terrorist accosted her.
 
     By the grace of God, she was spared from death.
 
     Thankfully, this poor child of Mary discovered the power of the Rosary and the protection of the Mother of God.
 
     But what will it take for us to make that same discovery? 
 
     What will it take for our loved ones to reach for their rosaries and look for the peace that only God can give?
 
     Hopefully, not a terrorist attack.
 
     On this Feast of the Rosary, Dot, please take a moment to read about the Fifteen Promises of the Rosary and its power. 
 
     Like a true mother, Our Lady gave the solution for every crisis we may find ourselves in.
 
     Do you have financial troubles?
 
 
     Do your children wander from the Church?
 
 
     Does your marriage cause you more pain than joy?
 
 
     When all seems lost humanly speaking, when events in our lives take a turn for the worst, we must not give in to the temptation that her promises are empty. 
 
     Instead, let’s take a firmer hold on our Rosaries and unite our hearts with hers—today and every day until the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.
 
 
I remain your friend,
In Jesus and Mary, 
 
  Robert E. Ritchie
  Robert E. Ritchie
America Needs Fatima
www.anf.org
 
PS:  Click here and discover the solution to all your problems. But remember what Jesus used to say to the people He cured: “…your Faith has cured you.” So pray your Rosary with Faith and devotion and let the wonders of Holy Mary’s grace amaze you. 
 
 

Jubilee Prayer of Consecration

 

Hail, Mother of the Lord,
Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary of Fatima!
Blessed among all women,
you are the image of the Church dressed in the Paschal light,
you are the honour of our people,
you are the triumph over the mark of evil.

Prophecy of the merciful Love of the Father,
Teacher of the Annunciation of the Good News of the Son,
Sign of the burning Fire of the Holy Spirit,
teach us, in this valley of joys and sorrows,
the eternal truths that the Father reveals to the little ones.

Show us the strength of your mantle of protection.
In your Immaculate Heart,
be the refuge of sinners
and the way that leads to God.

In unity with my brethren,
In Faith, Hope and Love,
I surrender myself to you.
In unity with my brethren, through you,

I consecrate myself to God,
O Virgin of the Rosary of Fatima.

And thus surrounded by the Light that comes from your hands,
I will give Glory to the Lord for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Peace is an element that is distinctly present in the message of Fatima.

Our Lady announces it and insists in the importance of praying in order

to achieve it.  Welcoming the invitation of the Queen of Peace, and

united with all men and women who desire and construct peace, I adore

the Lord in silence and offer Him my prayer:

 

 

Prayer for Peace

O God, All-Holy Father,
who gave us Your peace through Jesus
and through Him you wished to lead us to Your Heart
– in this place where the Virgin Mary invites us to pray for peace in the world
and where the Angel of Peace exhorts us to adore God alone –,
grant us, we pray, that peace may reign among all peoples;
that the leaders of the nations find ways towards justice,
that we may all reach the peace of heart
and that, through the intercession of the Queen of Peace,
we may become builders of a more fraternal world.
Through Christ, Our Lord.

Amen.

 

Prayer for the Pope

O Lord,
Good shepherd of Humanity,
who entrusted to Peter and his successors
the mission of strengthening the brothers in the faith
and to enlighten them in the hearing of the Word
– in this place where the little shepherds of Fatima
bore witness to a profound devotion to the Holy Father
and to an intense love for the Church –,
we ask You that Your Spirit of Wisdom
illumines Pope N in his mission as the Successor of Peter;
may Your mercy protect and comfort him;
may the testimony of Your faithful hearten him in his mission,
and may the tender presence of Mary be for him a sign of Your love;
may he be strong in faith, courageous in hope, and zealous in charity.
Who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory. 

Latest comments

01.09 | 02:56

I enjoy these prayers, and resort to them whenever I want to pray but don't know how!

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Thank you for your valuable comments much appreciated.

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My daily devotion and yearly novena.

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I love this page, especially all the prayers I said as a school girl and teenager when I spent so many years in the LOM and all the work we did.

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