Day Five Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
Monday of the First Week of Lent
Prayers for this week, Days 5-10 in Lent:
Begin each day with, "Mary, Mother of God, help me with your prayers."
End each day with, "Mother of God, pray for me," and don't forget your examen.
Meditate upon the fact that Jesus gave up everything for you. He was even stripped of His dignity, as He died naked upon the cross--exposed to ridicule. You must do something for Him. You must! Today think of your options and commit yourself to doing something--some ministy---anything: altar and sanctuary care, baptism prep, bereavement, Bible sharing/study, devotions, Adoration, food pantry, Knights of Columbus, Lector, Eucharistic Ministers, Legion of Mary, Holy Name Society, Marriage prep, R.C.I.A., rosary devotions, usher, respect life committees, prayer shawls, St. Vincent de Paul Society, web site committee, youth ministry, parish sports, faith formation, etc..
Pray both the Glory Be and the Lord's Prayer on every bead separating the decades on your Rosary. That's 5 each. Do you understand that the Rosary is pointing you to God? To whom are you praising with your Glory Be's? To whom are you praying Our Father? Mother of God, help me with your prayers.
Meditate upon Mother Teresa's words: "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one come to you without leaving happier."
End your day with an examination of conscience.
Mother of God, pray for me.
What good did I do today?
Where did I fail?
How can I do better?