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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Lenten Reparation

This Lent, with the affects of the clergy abuse crisis
weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of so many
Catholics, some Catholic leaders have been encouraging
the faithful to undertake our Lenten practices with
an attitude of as reparation along with our usual sense
of personal repentance. With personal repentance, we
look into our lives and seek to repent of anything that
is sinful, unholy, and not of Christ. Our penitential
practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are to help
us to detach from earthly attractions, in order that we
may grow spiritually. We seek, with Christ’s grace,
to become, ever more, free of the bonds of sin, in order
that Christ may become more fully alive in us.
Reparation is the sense of offering our spiritual practices,
not for ourselves, but rather for someone else,
to help free them from the bonds of their sin. It’s not
done with a sense of judgment of others, but rather of
generosity for others who may have committed very
serious sins. Just as we pray for others, we can humbly
offer our penitential acts for those who may be in
great spiritual need because of their sins. It can be a
real challenge to pray, or to sacrifice personally for
those who have done wrong. But that is precisely
what Christ has done for us when he died on the
cross, he offered himself for our sins. Our Lenten
practices, such as prayer, and fasting can also be offered
for the healing of victims who have suffered so
terribly from the sins of others and almsgiving can
literally be given to assist victims of any kind. Our
small acts of reparation received by Christ and offered
through him, perhaps can assist in some small
way for the healing that is so desperately needed in
our Church and world.
May you have a Blessed Lent,
Fr. Deziel

Posted on: February 23, 2019

Lent is Coming Soon

Lent is fast approaching with Ash Wednesday being just a week from this Wednesday! It’s always good to plan ahead and to have a sense of what your spiritual practices will be for this Lenten season. In these last ten days before this great season of repentance begins, please take a moment and decide what you will do to strengthen your spiritual life during the 40 days of Lent.

Posted on: February 19, 2019

Pray for the Bishops Gathering in Rome

Next weekend bishops from around the world will gather in Rome from February 21-24 to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis. It is expected that this first such gathering will not focus on policies, but rather, general guidelines and governing principals that bishops will then take home to implement with specific policies on a country by country basis. One hope is that this meeting will proclaim on a global basis that there is a new day in church governance and that sexual abuse will not be tolerated on any level in any country in the world. This has been a terrible scar on the Church for far too long, and far too many children have had their lives totally destroyed, or severely damaged by the sin of clergy sexual abuse. Please pray for the bishops as they gather. May this meeting be one step in the purification of the Church from this great evil. May all children be protected from anyone who would harm them, especially leaders of the Church, or any members of the Church. May the Holy Spirit lead the bishops as they gather. May the prayers of the Blessed mother assist them as they gather. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Pray for us.