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Day Thirty-Six Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century / A Lenten Journey

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Day Thirty-Six Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
                                                                     Day Thirty-Six
Tuesday of the  Sixth Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 35-40 in Lent:
Begin each day with "Mother Mary pray with us to your loving Son, that God's Will on earth be done."
First Meditation
In a few days you will make your consecration to Mary.  Contemplate what that means.  You will be explicitly offering your devotion to Mary.  She will be your best friend, your constant companion, and your mother.  You now will be closer to Jesus than you ever were.  Jesus as any son, was devoted to His Mother.  You will be imitating Jesus.  Are you ready?
Second Meditation
Think of all the dear deceased members of your family.  Say a prayer for them: "May their souls and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in the Lord."  Now everytime you go by a cemetery, always say this prayer.  
Third Meditation
Pray t…
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Day Thirty-Five Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
                                                                     Day Thirty-Five
Monday of the  Sixth Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 35-40 in Lent:
Begin each day with "Mother Mary pray with us to your loving Son, that God's Will on earth be done."
First Meditation
Now we enter the last week for our Consecration to Mary.  A consecration to Mary is a very beautiful commitment of love.  With this particular consecration, I envision you becoming so close to Mary, that you and she become "soul-mates."  You admire and love her so much that you want to be just like her.  You want her to enter into your life so as to Marianize it.        There are other kinds of consecrations to our Lady.  There are simple consecrations that are made by prayer.  Groups dedicated to Mary, e.i.., Legion of Mary, Daughters of Mary, promise to dedicate themselves to act like Mary.  Then there is the con…

Sixth Sunday of Lent / Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday

Day of Rest
Pick up palms today and display them in your home.  Show everyone you aren't ashamed to be a Christian.  This is a picture of what Father Viveiros does with the left over palms.  He is quite talented.

Day Thirty-Four Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century / A Lenten Journey

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Day Thirty-Four Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
                                     Day Thirty-Four
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 29-34 in Lent:
Begin each day with "Let us praise Our Almighty Father, who wished that Mary, His Son's Mother, be celebrated by each generation.  I ask, Mary full of grace, intercede for me."
First Meditation
Meditate upon the concept of the rosary.  The rosary, itself, is not a mandate.  It is not the Mass.  It is not the Divine Office.  It is a unique method of prayer.  Many religions have prayer beads, e.i., Buddhists, Muslims, etc..  So it is a form of prayer for many.  For Catholics, it is a prayer that uses Mary to bring us to Jesus.  Who better to introduce us to someone, anyone, but their own mother?  Mary does this.  The rosary gives us a picture of the gospels through the heart of a mother.  You can use the rosary in meditation, petition, praise, mantra, and even instruction.…

Day Thirty-Three Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century /A Lenten Journey

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Day Thirty-Three Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
                                                                     Day Thirty-Three
Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 29-34 in Lent:
Begin each day with "Let us praise Our Almighty Father, who wished that Mary, His Son's Mother, be celebrated by each generation.  I ask, Mary full of grace, intercede for me."
First Meditation
Let us pray a rosary today, asking Mary to pray that we always be secure in her Son's love.  Break up the decades and this rosary will be your Second and Third Meditation.
Make the Sign of the Cross and say the"Apostles' Creed."Say the "Our Father."Say three "Hail Marys."Say the "Glory be to the Father."Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father."Say ten "Hail Marys," while meditating on the Mystery.Say the "Glory be to the Father."Announce the Second Mystery; the…

Day Thirty-Two Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/ A Lenten Journey

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Day Thirty-Two Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
                                                                     Day Thirty-Two
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 29-34 in Lent:
Begin each day with "Let us praise Our Almighty Father, who wished that Mary, His Son's Mother, be celebrated by each generation.  I ask, Mary full of grace, intercede for me."
First Meditation
Let's meditate on the Lord's prayer.  In this first meditation let us realize the importance, the majesty of the prayer -- overall, not the prayer itself.  We will save that for the second meditation.      Think of the great value of the prayer because of its Author -- Jesus Christ.  Who could possibly be a better teacher?  Does not the idea of Our God giving us this prayer, pay tribute to His very own wisdom?  It is not a long prayer, but it is well within the understanding of uneducated people, yet also a source of meditation for scholars.  …

Day Thirty-One Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/ A Lenten Journey

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Day Thirty-One Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
                                                                     Day Thirty-One
Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 29-34 in Lent:
Begin each day with "Let us praise Our Almighty Father, who wished that Mary, His Son's Mother, be celebrated by each generation.  I ask, Mary full of grace, intercede for me."
First Meditation
Meditate upon the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Juan Diego's tilma, that you learned about yesterday.   Even in our time, the mystery of this miraculous Image remains. The tilma, a large apron woven by hand from cactus fibers, bears the holy Image, which is 1.43 meters tall. The Virgin's face is perfectly oval and is a gray color verging on pink. Her eyes have a profound expression of purity and gentleness. The mouth seems to smile. The very beautiful face, similar to that of a mestizo Indian, is framed by a black head of hair that, up cl…

Day Thirty Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/ A Lenten Journey

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Day Thirty Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
                                                                     Day Thirty
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 29-34 in Lent:
Begin each day with "Let us praise Our Almighty Father, who wished that Mary, His Son's Mother, be celebrated by each generation.  I ask, Mary full of grace, intercede for me."
First Meditation
The Mass is the principal way to coome to know and love Jesus.  The Mass says it all.  It is through the Mass that we find our duties to God fulfilled--adoration, propitiation, petition and thanksgiving.  In the Mass, through the readings that are read, we hear the spirit of Jesus.  Of course, it is in the Mass, during Holy Communion, that we can become One with Our Lord Jesus Christ.  You can't get more intimate than that!  Meditate upon the Mass and how this divine memorial of the Last Supper is a great gift Jesus has given us.
Second Meditation
Meditate…