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Sts Joachim and Anne

Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne

Sacred Tradition tells us that Joachim and Anne prayed and fasted for years before conceiving their daughter, Mary, who would be the mother of Our Savior. Why did He wait for years while Joachim and Anne fasted and prayed?  We can’t know…

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Fasting and Calling on God

I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord. Every one of us, at some point in our lives, has cried out in prayer, “God, please help me!” In many cases, God’s help came, perhaps more…

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Fasting and Mercy

R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you. A few years ago, during the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis recommended that we practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. “God’s mercy transforms…

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Fasting and Prayer

The LORD bless you from Zion: may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. R. See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.  Psalm 128 Do you find on days of fasting that you…

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The Fruits of Fasting

How has fasting enriched your spiritual life? How has it enriched your physical life? What fruits have you seen from the regular practice of fasting? A member of our community who is now fasting has said that he would never…

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Fasting and Humility

“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in…

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Fasting and Joy

R. Alleluia, alleluia. Shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life. R. Alleluia, alleluia Have you noticed that people who are joyful seem to shine like lights?  Have you also noticed that those…

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Fasting and the Spirit

“Our qualification comes from God, who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.”  (2 Cor 3) Have you ever had a…

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Prayer Intentions

For healing and good health

Lord, I ask that you heal me from my medical conditions, and to bless me with good health, and the same as with my children, husband and my mother. Amen.

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Please pray

For the health and well being of my family, for world peace and an end to terrorism, for the judge to rule in my favor.

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Memorial of St. Clare

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”  Matt 16 Taking up one’s cross is not easy.  St. Francis and St. Clare were two saints who practiced self-denial in all aspects of their...

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