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February 11


THE FACE OF JESUS


Join RCSpirituality for Lent 2024

with Fr. Jason Smith, LC, who will share a meditation

on the face of Jesus as seen in each Station of the Cross.


Through his photographs of the striking

Stations at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center

in Cincinnati, Ohio,

gaze upon Jesus’ face as did Mary,

the women, and his bravest followers,

who, though devastated, accompanied Him

on the journey of His Passion’s walk to Golgotha.


Fr. Jason will share his gift in photography

each Wednesday and Friday through Lent,

to deepen our Lenten meditations for pondering throughout the week


Click below to sign up for Fr. Jason's Lenten meditations:


THE FACE OF JESUS MEDITATIONS


Michael Brown Online Retreat:

Strange Times Get Even Stranger

Saturday, February 10


Catholic Author/Journalist Michael H. Brown returns

for an online retreat focusing on OUR STRANGE TIME

-- and how it is getting stranger and more precarious out there --

though also offering a chance to grow

in spiritual strength and holiness!


There is just so much out there, real and unreal,

tangible and surreal, natural and supernatural

as that "curtain" continues to part and

we get more glimpses than ever into the supernatural dynamic

-- the spiritual world --

swirling as never before around us! 


Click below to register for this online event:


MICHAEL BROWN'S ONLINE RETREAT



AN HISTORIC JOURNEY TO

EUCHARISTIC CONSECRATION



At critical times throughout Salvation History,

God’s people have been invited to consecrate themselves.


We are at one of those critical times in history,

and consecrating ourselves, our families, our country,

and indeed, the whole world to the Eucharist

may make all the difference.


Click below to watch Matthew Kelly's trailer and sign up for this journey in Lent:


EUCHARISTIC CONSECRATION JOURNEY


Click below to read a sample of the introduction to 33 Days to Eucharistic Glory:

INTRO TO 33 DAYS TO EUCHARISTIC GLORY


PRAY MORE LENTEN RETREAT


Lent is a season where we're encouraged

to quiet the distractions around us

so that we can better hear the voice of God

and grow closer to Him.


The Lord says, "My sheep know my voice."


The best way to recognize God's voice and

to distinguish when He is speaking to us

is to immerse ourselves in scripture and prayer,

so that we know His voice so intimately that it is unmistakable. 


Click below to join John Paul and Annie on their

Lenten retreat starting on Ash Wednesday:


PRAY MORE LENTEN RETREAT



EXODUS

AND

EXILE




Like the Israelites we are not yet home to our promised land,

but we have hope in our journey to God!


Each day of Lent, spend ten minutes with John Bergsma

as he reads and reflects on one chapter of the

Book of Exodus and then gives you

a daily challenge to complete.


Once a week, join Scott Hahn as he delivers

an inspiring series of 8 talks

based on his new book Catholics in Exile

 – filmed with a live audience

at the new St. Paul Center headquarters.


Click the link below to watch the trailer

and sign up for this Lenten journey:


EXODUS AND EXILE


NOVENA PRAYERS


Saints Jacinta and

 Francisco Marto

Fatima Seers Novena


STARTS: FEBRUARY 11

ENDS: FEBRUARY 20


Sts Jacinta and Francisco Marto, also known with their cousin

Lucia dos Santos as the Fatima Seers,

were poor children from Portugal to whom

Our Lady of Fatima appeared in 1917.


Pray this novena for bodily ills,

people ridiculed for their piety, prisoners,

sick people, against all sickness.


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Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly with all the powers of my soul, and I thank Thee for the apparitions of the most Holy Virgin in Fatima which have made manifest to the world the treasures of the her Immaculate Heart.


By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary I implore Thee, if it should be for Thy greater glory and the good of our souls to glorify in the sight of Thy Holy Church, through the intercession of Saints Francisco and Jacinta the grace we now implore


(mention request here…)


Lord, have mercy on us

Christ, have mercy on us

Lord, have mercy on us


God the Father, Creator of the world,

have mercy on us.


God the Son, Redeemer of mankind,

have mercy on us.


God the Holy Spirit, Perfection of those who are chosen,

have mercy on us.


Holy Trinity, one God,

have mercy on us.


Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us


Our Lady of the Rosary,

pray for us.


Immaculate heart of Mary,

pray for us.


Francisco and Jacinta, children blessed by God,

pray for us.


Children so dear to the Heart of Our Lady,

pray for us.


Children so loved by all of us,

pray for us.


Little Shepherds, in admiration of the glories of creation,

pray for us.


Little Shepherds, gazing in wonder at the starry sky,

pray for us.


Little Shepherds, fondling your furry white lambs,

pray for us.


Little Shepherds, with your clear innocent gaze,

pray for us.


Little Shepherds, with your angelic smile,

pray for us.


Little Shepherds, with your pure soul,

pray for us.


Hearts enchanted by beauty,

pray for us.


Hearts yearning for truth,

pray for us.


Hearts overflowing with love,

pray for us.


Amazing wonders of prayer,

pray for us.


Children totally committed and ready for martyrdom,

pray for us.


Francisco, seeker of peace and contemplation,

pray for us.


You who would console God,

pray for us.


You who died smiling,

pray for us.


Jacinta, faithful helpmate of the Holy Father,

pray for us.


You, the apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

pray for us.


You, the friend of sinners,

pray for us.


You two, who enjoyed the company of angels,

pray for us.


Confidantes of our Lady,

pray for us.


Living witnesses of her Message,

pray for us.


You who loved God so deeply,

pray for us.


Watchers beside the Hidden Jesus,

pray for us.


Adorers of the Most Blessed Trinity,

pray for us.


Stars of light for all human beings,

pray for us.


Burning Bushes of the Most High,

pray for us.


Flames of love for all eternity,

pray for us.


Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

forgive us, O Lord.


Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

hear us, O Lord.


Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.


Let us pray, O God who granted to our two little shepherds the grace to become little burning bushes on fire with love for the Holy Father and for sinners, and burning with love for Our Lady and the hidden Jesus, grant that we, too, may be other Franciscos and other Jacintas burning with the same love and, with them, all meet together again in Heaven around Our Lady in adoration of the Blessed Trinity.


Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SPECIAL PRAYERS

2024 YEAR OF PRAYER


The Vatican presented initiatives to

"rediscover the value of prayer"

during the 2024 Year of Prayer

in preparation of the Jubilee 2025.


Pope Francis officially launched the Year of Prayer

during the Sunday Angelus on January 21, 2024


This year is “a time to discover how to pray,

and above all how to educate the people of

today in prayer, in this age of digital culture.”


Click the link below to read more bout this Year of Prayer Initiative:


2024 YEAR OF PRAYER

The Miracle Prayer is a wonderful prayer

for your journey through Lent this year!!


Watch the Lord transform you!!


The Miracle Prayer


Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am.

I am sorry for my sins.

I repent of my sins.

Please forgive me.


In Thy Name, I forgive all others

for what they have done against me.


I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works.


I give Thee my entire self, Lord Jesus.

I accept Thee as my Lord God and Savior.

Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul, and spirit.


Come Lord Jesus, cover me with Thy Precious Blood,

and fill me with Thy Holy Spirit.


I love Thee Lord Jesus.

I praise Thee Lord Jesus.

I thank Thee Lord Jesus.

I shall follow Thee every day of my life.

Amen.



Mary, My Mother, Queen of Peace,

all the Angels and Saints, please help me.

Amen.


Click below to watch a video of this prayer being said:


THE MIRACLE PRAYER


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The prayer for this week during this Year of Prayer

was composed by the third-century saint Clement of Alexandria.

He was a gifted and influential theologian and teacher

(Origen was his disciple).

This prayer extols the greatness of Jesus Christ,

asking that we may be guided by him

and more deeply united to him.


THE ROAD TO HEAVEN


O Christ, immortal Word of God the Father,
Prince of wisdom,
strength in weariness, joy without end,
Jesus, Savior of the human race,
shepherd, protector, guide and moderator,
the heavenly pathway for the flock of the saints. 
Guide us, shepherd of the human flock;
reign, O holy one, over the children you have redeemed;
your steps, O Christ, are the road to heaven.
O eternal Word,
immortal light,
fount of mercy,
promoter of virtue, incomparable prize
of those who honor the Most High.
Amen



For Peace in the Middle East



Click the link below for several prayers for Israel

and also a list of the names of the hostages!!


PRAYERS FOR ISRAEL AND HOSTAGES NAMES




NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL

NEW WEEKLY INFO

American Eucharistic Witnesses:

Servant of God Julia Greeley,

the Eucharistic Angel of Denver


Servant of God Julia Greeley was born into slavery

on the farm of Samuel Brice Caldwell,

twelve miles west of Hannibal, Missouri.


The sole memory we have of Julia’s life at Caldwell’s farm

is her shattered right eye, a violent reminder of the

slave master’s whip that blinded her as a young girl.


After her emancipation, Julia performed domestic services

for the Robinson family in St. Louis.

She moved to Denver in mid-winter 1878

to work for the family of Mrs. Robinson’s sister, Julia Gilpi.


We know she developed a close friendship with Mrs. Gilpin,

a devout Catholic credited by Julia herself as having “given me my faith.”


We know she developed a close friendship with Mrs. Gilpin,

a devout Catholic credited by Julia herself as having “given me my faith.”


Click below to read more about Julia:


JULIE GREELEY'S WITNESS

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NEW DETAILS NOW AVAILABLE

 

The wait is over! A daily schedule for the National

Eucharistic Congress is live on our website.

You can now explore what this incredible

experience will look like day by day.

 

Preview the options for impact sessions in the morning

that speak to your particular vocation and mission.


Then, get excited for the dynamic revival sessions,

when the whole assembly will gather in Lucas Oil Stadium

to experience the power and love of Jesus.


These sessions—and the soon-to-be-announced

afternoon breakout sessions—

will be led by the expansive list of faithful speakers

who will join us in Indianapolis this summer.

 

Scroll through the updated schedule to

see many powerful opportunities for

encounters with Christ through prayer and the sacraments.



Click the link below for EVENT schedules:


EVENT SCHEDULES


Click the link below for IMPACT Sessions:


IMPACT SESSIONS


Click the link below for the SPEAKERS list:


SPEAKERS LIST




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REGISTRATION INFO FOR THE CONGRESS


WILL YOU BE THERE, TOO?


You can join us!

July, 2024

for the 10th National Eucharistic Congress.


Directly experience the fruits of your intercession and

see its impact around the country.

Click the link below to REGISTER:

REGISTRATION FOR 10TH

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE




QUIZ! FOR THE WEEK


Who is the Saint of

Impossible Cases ?

Scroll down to find the answer!


HUMOR


HIGHLIGHT





Acts 2:38


An elderly woman had just returned to her home

from an evening of religious service

when she was startled by an intruder.


As she caught the man in the act of robbing her home

of its valuables, she yelled,

"Stop - Acts 2:38!" (..turn from your sin...)


The burglar stopped dead in his tracks.


The woman calmly called the police

and explained what she had done.


As the officer cuffed the man to take him in,

he asked the burglar,

"Why did you just stand there?

All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you."


"Scripture?" replied the burglar,

"She said she had an AXE and two 38's!"




GOSPEL READING REFLECTION

For February 11, 2024


6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Mk 1:40-45 


GROWING IN KINDNESS



  • We got some idea above how hard it would be to be a leper.


  • Jesus heals the leper and reminds him “sternly” what he must do to be accepted back into Jewish life.


  • Why did Jesus heal the man? Clearly, it was kindness arising from pity. He wanted to benefit that man.
  • In an exquisite display of charity, not only did Christ heal him, he healed him by touching him, certainly the first time anyone had touched him skin to skin since it was known he was infected.
  • Christ did not heal him to bring attention to his ministry, important as that was, since he sternly ordered the man to “tell no one anything.” But the result was that it became “impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.”


  • I think we can conclude that a great deal of the good that Our Lord did during his public life was done because it was good in itself, not to advance his larger mission. This would include all the normal good he did during his hidden life.


  • This secret kindness calls to mind Our Lord’s advice to his disciples on almsgiving: “When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt 6:3-4).




SCOTT HAHN'S

MASS READINGS REFLECTION


Click the link below to hear Scott Hahn reflect on

the 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME:


" MADE CLEAN"


REFLECTION ON THE 6TH SUNDAY

IN ORDINARY TIME BY DR. HAHN




ANSWER TO QUIZ


Who is the Saint of

Impossible Cases ?



St. Jude Thaddeus was one of the twelve Apostles,

a relative of Our Lord and of St. James the Less.

 

While we don’t know much else for sure about him,

various traditions say that he preached the Gospel

in Edessa, Armenia, Mesopotamia, Libya, and Persia,

where he suffered martyrdom with St. Simon the Zealot. 




A fun fact about his epistle

is that it is the only time in the New Testament

outside the Book of Revelation in which

St. Michael the Archangel is mentioned.


St. Jude's name is so close to that of Judas Iscariot

that early Christians were afraid to invoke it.

Indeed, you’d have to be desperate to do so.


Click the link below to learn how to pray the Chaplet of St. Jude:


CHAPLET TO ST. JUDE



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We need to be armed for battle!



At all times, and especially during these crazy times in this vale of tears,

we need to lay our foundation in Christ Jesus.

Spiritual reading helps us build and strengthen that foundation.

Order through your favorite book dealer.

This week's recommendation is:

 

ETHICS FOR BEGINNERS


BY

 Dr. Peter Kreeft



Socrates once said that a good person does not worry much

about the little things, like whether he lives or dies,

but only about the one big thing:

whether he is a good person or a bad one.


But what are ‘good’ and ‘bad’?

And who is to say what they are?


To understand questions like these, we turn to the

foundational branch of philosophy that

deals with morality, more commonly known as ‘Ethics.’


In Ethics for Beginners: Big Ideas from 32 Great Minds,

celebrated philosopher Peter Kreeft reclaims the

importance of ethical study with his characteristic

wit and wisdom and explores how 32 of

history’s greatest moral philosophers

would have answered life’s big questions.


We pray you will be excited to embark on purposeful

spiritual reading as a way to build a more prayer-filled,

Christ centered life.