April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
Prayer for Our Parish
God our Father, through the intercession of Saint Barbara, we offer these prayers to you for our parish and your people.
O Holy Spirit, guide us as we strive to become a faith-filled and lifegiving community, seeking always to do your will as we help each other journey to your heavenly kingdom.
We desire to be a people that responds to your call to help our brothers and sisters in Christ, nurturing the bond that we share as children of God. Together with the Universal Church, may our parish family grow in unity and be faithful disciples, proclaiming the good news of the Lord and living the Word of God.
Jesus, our Good Shepherd, lead us to the pasture of compassion, service, and love, that all may come to know your goodness and share in the eternal feast you have prepared for each of us. May Mary, Mother of the Church, Bearer of Truth and Light, and Help of Christians, pray for us and be a source of strength to us as we sojourn towards the Kingdom of God.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son. Amen.
This Lent, Feed the Hunger within
by: Sam Guzman
When we think of Lent, it rarely calls to mind feeding our desires. Rather, for those who fast or engage in other penitential practices, Lent feels like a season of denying our hunger and of mortifying desires. Perhaps it is even a season where we feel physically hungry for the first time in a long time. This is well and as it should be.
But I would argue there is a hunger we should feed this Lent: The hunger for God. Buried deep within every human heart is a deep longing for God. It is a craving for the infinite, for joy without end, and for transcendent life that does not cease. We are frequently asleep to this deep hunger and it remains unconscious. For many, this cry of the heart is stifled or almost entirely extinguished by the cares of the world, by entertainment, by doubt, by the endless quest for pleasure, for fulfillment, and for power. Yet, for all this, the hunger does not cease. Deep within, the craving stirs, and in our quieter moments, when the shallow stream of impressions ceases, a dissatisfaction with the world grows.
A longing for something more, something that we cannot name, echoes quietly. It is almost like the ache of some romance long-lost but still recalled; a melancholy but sweet memory of a nameless joy that pierces us, and in these moments the pleasures of the world seem quite pale and hollow—which indeed they are.
These moments present us with a choice. They are moments of reckoning with eternity. “Choose you this day.” Death or life. Time or eternity. The infinite or the finite. God or the world. Momentary pleasure or triumphant joy. Will we listen to this call, this inner voice? Or will we numb its uncomfortable stirring by immersing ourselves again in the torrent of sensory stimulation? Will we turn to prayer and go deeper, or will we suppress the silent ache with addictions, with consumerism, with endless distractions? Our answer is intertwined with our eternal destiny. Salvation does involve what we do; but I would argue it has far more to do with what we desire. Effort and work are not about earning anything; rather, they are but proofs of our desire for God. We can never force God to do anything, but we can make our hearts ready. As Lent begins this Ash Wednesday, I challenge you to heed this inner voice. Allow the longing to grow—feed it, even. Allow yourself to feel the hunger for God, and then make space for Him. Strip away all that is inessential in your life so you can find the one thing necessary.
LENT IS COMING
LENT lasts 40 days beginning with Ash Wednesday up to (but excluding) the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.
The Three Pillars of Lent: PRAYER, FASTING, ALMS GIVING.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting (Ages 18-59) (one primary meal and two lesser meals) and abstinence from meat (Age 14 and above).
All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from meat. This means NO MEAT.
10 Ways We Can Fast
(Fr. Ed Broom, OMV— 2015)
Jesus said: “Unless you do penance you will all perish.” (Lk 13:3). The first preaching of His Public ministry Jesus exhorts us to con-version: “Be converted for the Kingdom of God is at hand,” (Mk 1:15). The Church which is the Mystical Body of Christ generously offers us a season of grace which has as its purpose conversion every year. This is the forty days of Lent. The Israelites spent forty days in the desert; Moses fasted forty days on the Mountain; Jesus spent forty days in the desert fasting. The Church encourages us in the Season of Lent to dig deep into the inner recesses of our hearts and beg for conversion of heart. This conversion can become a reality by undertaking three traditional practices: prayer, almsgiving, and fasting (Mt 6:11018). In prayer we lift our minds to God; in almsgiving we go out to meet the needs of our suffering brothers and sisters; in fasting we dig deep into our hearts and beg the Lord for the grace to relinquish our attachment to sin. This being the case, what might be some concrete ways that we can practice fasting? An important note is the following: fasting is not a mere diet, with the simple desire to lose a few extra pounds. Rather, the purpose of fasting is to please God, convert our hearts, as well as to beg for the conversion of others. ...fasting must have a horizontal or supernatural intention! [Giving up something for Lent fosters self-discipline and tempers our desires. It is a form of fasting. It is a form of penance. It promotes spiritual growth. If you‟re giving up something for Lent, that‟s great. But think also about the possibility of doing something positive to bolster your spiritual life and make the world a better place. Look for ways that you can increase your knowledge of your faith, strength-en your spiritual life or perform special acts of mercy and kindness at home, at work, in your parish or in your community] (www.osv.com)
1. Eat less and receive the most Holy Eucharist more. By this practice we give more importance to our spiritual life and the salvation of our soul. Jesus said: “Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” (Jn 6:27—Discourse on the Bread of Life)
2. Control your tongue—Saint James says, “We should be slow to speak and quick to listen.” Read James, Chapter 3—one of the best exhortations in the world to work on controlling our tongue!
3. Heroic moments—The founder of Opus Dei has coined the phrase, “The Heroic moment.” By this Saint Jose Maria asserts that as soon as we hear the alarm clock we should spring from bed, pray and start our day. The devil of laziness encourages us to push the Snooze button! I do not believe the snooze button exists in the vocabulary and practice of the saints. What do you think?
4. Control those wandering eyes—The eyes are the mirror to the soul. The holy King David plunged into sin and more sin leading to murder for the simple reason that he allowed his eyes to wander. His eyes wandered and gazed upon a married woman— Bathsheba. Adulterous thoughts led to physical adultery, to denial of his sin and eventually to killing an innocent man—the hus-band of Bathsheba. Let us strive to live out the Beatitude: “Blessed are the pure of heart, they will see God.” (Mt 5:8)
5. Punctuality—Jesus says, “He who is faithful in the small will be faithful in the larger things.” (Mt 25:23) Being punctual and on time is a sign of order, respect for others, and a means to accomplish tasks well and on time.
6. Listen to Others—It is all too easy to interrupt others when they speak and try to impose our own ideas even before the person has finished his idea. Charity, which means love for God and for others, teaches us to respect others and allow to speak without interrupting and imposing our own ideas. Listening to others is also an act of humility—putting others before ourselves!
7. Be thankful rather than complain—Never allow a day to pass in which you do not thank God. We should constantly be thank-ing God. Furthermore, we should make it a habit to frequently thank others. “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; His merc y endures forever (Psalm 118:1).
8. Smile, even if you don’t necessarily want to —This indeed could be a great penance—to smile at somebody even when you are tired, carrying with you a headache or a cold. This is heroic virtue. A smile is something small, but it is contagious. Indeed a sincere smile can lift those who see it from desolation to a state of consolation.
9. Pray, even when you don’t feel like it—Many of us unfortunately base our spiritual life on mere feelings which are ephemeral, transitory and passing like the dew that evaporates by the morning sun. When Jesus was experiencing a mortal agony and desola-tion that drew huge drops of Blood from His pores, He did not really feel like praying. Nonetheless, Jesus prayed all the mor e fer-vently. Therefore, let us practice fasting and penance in our lives and have a set time and place to pray, and to pray at times when we don‟t feel like it. This is penance and true love for God! This is a sign of true maturity in the faith!
10. Encouragement—Let us get out of our egotistic shell and focus more on God and seeing Jesus in others, in imitation of the Good Samaritan. Let us learn to be a Simon of Cyrene and help our brothers and sisters who are carrying the weight of a very heavy cross...Remember the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would like them to do to you.” (Mt. 7:12)
Prayerfully read through these ten suggestions on how to fast—how to deny yourself—and choose at least one or two that you can start to practice right away. May our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel, encourage us to deny ourselves and say “yes” to the love of God by serving our brothers and sisters with a generous heart! (Lk 1:38—Mary‟s “Yes” to God).
Santa Barbara parish - bible study on tuesdays
Parishioners listen attentively during Bible Study classes. All are welcome to attend every Tuesday at 6:40pm in the upper parish hall.
A Brief Examination of Conscience
Based on the Ten Commandments
1. I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange Gods before me.
Have I treated people, events, or things as more important than God?
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Have my words, actively or passively, put down God, the Church, or people?
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Do I go to Mass every Sunday (or Saturday Vigil) and on Holy Days of Obligation? Do I avoid, when possible, work that impedes worship to God, joy for the Lord‟s Day, and proper relaxation of mind and body? Do I look for ways to spend time with family or in service on Sunday?
4. Honor your father and your mother.
Do I show my parents due respect? Do I seek to maintain good communication with parents where possible? Do I criticize them for lacking skills I think they should have?
5. You shall not kill.
Have I harmed another through physical, verbal, or emotional means, including gossip or manipulation of any kind?
6. You shall not commit adultery.
Have I respected the physical and sexual dignity of others and of myself?
7. You shall not steal.
Have I taken or wasted time or resources that belonged to another?
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Have I gossiped, told lies, or embellished stories at the expense of another?
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse.
Have I honored my spouse with my full affection and exclusive love?
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Am I content with my own means and needs, or do I compare myself to others unnecessarily?
Christ’s Two Commandments: How well do we love God and others? Do we love as Christ calls us to? In the Gospel of Matthew, Christ gives us Two Commandments: “He said to him, „You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments‟” (Mt 22:37-40).
Santa Barbara Parish Prayer Ministry
prays the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet
for prayer intentions.
May you strive to be a better Catholic and be closer to God than you did in the past year.
God Bless You & Your Family!
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