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MONDAY OF THE SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, FEBRUARY 20, 2023



Gospel

"I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!”


REFLECTION

"I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!”



Pornography, drug and alcohol addiction are some of the hardest sins to overcome. After much effort and praying one sees a soul deliver himself to God. Success at last!! Beautiful story of mercy and redemption.


Mr Arthur S. was well loved by all his workers. His managerial skills were the best. He was honest, fair and had an exemplary work ethic. A gentle soul, always smiling.


His demons took over when he would go home: Drinking to excess, physically abusing his wife. He managed to still do his work but his drinking became more frequent, more heavy til he had to take time off from work. His wife left him, his children moved out and he was alone.


He worked hard to stop drinking. Finally he succeeded. He even headed the AA meetings. After several years, he was hospitalized for alcoholism and it's complications of cirrhosis, esophageal varices, and alcohol related dementia.


In today's Gospel, Jesus commanded the spirit "I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!"


The battle has just begun when man conquers himself. Look at the priests we pray for. In our prayer we say, "lest the enemy prevail against them". We include faithful and fervent, unfaithful and tepid, laboring at home or abroad, tempted, lonely, young or old, aged, sick, dying or in purgatory.


The attacks by the legions are heightened and relentless when they lose a soul. Many priests become lax in their vigilance or work; temptation never rests.


We help them , "the persona in Christi" with our vigilance, praying the PAPA prayer for priests, daily Mass, frequent confession, rosaries, spiritual bouquets, Adoration and offering acts of love and kindness.


Lent is upon us. Pray, fast and almsgiving as we journey through the desert with Jesus. Let us move in holiness and virtue remembering the world and the devil are relentless warriors. BUT we have the Cross -the ever relentless love, compassion and grace of Jesus.


Never turn back and never be lax in battle. Always trust in the Lord because He is LOVE.


Join us March 3-5, 2023 for our Lenten retreat. PAPA Lenten Retreat


All are welcome.


God bless you



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