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Assignment for August 24, 2014

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Assignment for August 24, 2014

You are the Christ, the Son of living God.
— St. Matthew 16:16

St. Peter confesses not just what Christ is (the Messiah), but who He is, confession which our Lord explains did not come from any earthly thing, from His Heavenly Father. Our knowledge and experience of who Jesus is becomes possible only by God's free gift of faith. Earthly realities cannot tells us about who Jesus is; since God wants us to know that, He makes it possible through the gift of faith. Faith is a very personal gift. We can receive only from the three Divine Persons, God, and it reveals these Persons to us more and more.

Assignment:

  • Pray an act of faith each day
O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths that the holy Catholic Church teaches, because you have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
— An Act of Faith from the Handbook of Prayers

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Assignment for July 6

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Assignment for July 6

Each and every Mass, Christians are given the opportunity to join in the perfect prayer of Christ to the Father. His sacrifice, his prayer, is intensified because of His cross.

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  • At the end of each day, ask yourself: "What has been my greatest cross today?" Then, at Mass next week, we can bring 7 crosses as we join in Christ's prayer to the Father.

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Assignment for June 29, 2014

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Assignment for June 29, 2014

"Bread and wine are now on the altar, set apart from profane use and dedicated to the service of the Sacrifice; soon their substance will disappear, and under their appearance Christ's Body and Blood will be offered. In union with this divine Sacrifice, we should offer ourselves with all that we are and have. Where Christ, the Head, offers Himself, there the members of His mystical Body must also be offered together with Him. Thus the Church prays, that God would sanctify not only the elements of bread and wine just offered, but that He would also, by the Eucharistic Sacrifice, make us wholly worthy to be presented to Him as an eternal sacrificial gift." (Nicholas Gihr, The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Dogmatically, Liturgically, and Ascetically Explained, 527.)

Assignment:

  • At the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we have the opportunity to unite our imperfect sacrifices and prayers with the perfect sacrifice and prayer of Christ. Let us seek to unite our efforts each day to Christ in the Mass by praying each day:
With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God.
— -Offertory
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"In order perfectly to appreciate the full sense of these words, and to recite them in the proper spirit, we should remember by whom and in what place they were spoken for the first time. They are taken from a longer, humble, penitential prayer, recited by the three young men in the Babylonian furnace. [Daniel 3]

"Praising God, they walked about in the flames which did them not the least harm. And because they were prevented from offering exterior legal sacrifices, they offer themselves as a propitiatory sacrifice for their sins and for those of their people, in order to obtain mercy. In a contrite heart and humble spirit let us be accepted; so let our sacrifice be made in Thy sight this day, that it may please Thee. In similar words, the celebrant here prays that the Lord would graciously receive him and the faithful people, for the sake of their humble, penitential sentiments, as a spiritual sacrifice." (Gihr, 528)

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Assignment for June 22

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Assignment for June 22

What we invest in our relationship with Him?

Reflect on this question by asking yourself:

  • Do I prepare myself, especially in prayer, to receive our Lord in Holy Communion?
  • Do I receive Holy Communion with due reverence, taking every precaution against carelessness or accidentally causing a Host or Particle to fall?
  • In the most intimate moment of reception, what am I saying to our Lord? What should I be saying? Do I open my heart to Him?

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Assignment for February 9, 2014

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Assignment for February 9, 2014

Christ sends his disciple to be "the light of the world." If we are to share the joy and peace of His love, we have to activate the grace given to us in baptism, actively living and deepening our relationship with God, having been made His children. The center of such a relationship is prayer.

Assignment

  • Assess and deepen your prayer life by asking yourself at the end of each day this week:
    • What have I said to God today?
    • What has He said to me?

From the Catechism

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1243 The white garment symbolizes that the person baptized has "put on Christ," has risen with Christ. The candle, lit from the Easter candle, signifies that Christ has enlightened the neophyte. In him the baptized are "the light of the world." The newly baptized is now, in the only Son, a child of God entitled to say the prayer of the children of God: "Our Father."

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Assignment for February 2, 2014

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Assignment for February 2, 2014

Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation

Today we celebrate that visit to the temple that the Holy Family made in fulfillment of the law of Moses. It is known also as 'Candlemas' because of the blessing of candles that takes place at the beginning of Mass.

 

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Assignment:

  • Speak about Christ to one person each day this week. Whether to a family member, friend, or stranger, by phone, text, or in person, talk to someone about the Light of the Nations, our Lord Jesus Christ.

From the Catechism:

529 The presentation of Jesus in the temple shows him to be the firstborn Son who belongs to the Lord. With Simeon and Anna, all Israel awaits its encounter with the Saviour - the name given to this event in the Byzantine tradition. Jesus is recognized as the long-expected Messiah, the "light to the nations" and the "glory of Israel", but also "a sign that is spoken against". the sword of sorrow predicted for Mary announces Christ's perfect and unique oblation on the cross that will impart the salvation God had "prepared in the presence of all peoples".

This paragraph reminds us of what we heard in today's Gospel. No. 529 is one paragraph in this part of the Catechism which goes through the mysteries in the life of Christ. Nos. 422-682 go through Christ's life and offer us a convenient way to get more acquainted with Jesus Christ.


From St. Josemaria:

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Turn your back on the deceiver who whispers in your ear: "Why complicate your life?"

Loving and following Christ means accepting complications and trials in life. As we begin to form this habit of studying the Catechism, let us remember why we begin this task and who all of our efforts are for: Jesus Christ, who suffered and died so that we might have light and life.

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