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THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 03, 2022



A Reading from Dt 30:15-20


Moses said to the people:

“Today I have set before you

life and prosperity, death and doom.

If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,

which I enjoin on you today,

loving him, and walking in his ways,

and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,

you will live and grow numerous,

and the LORD, your God,

will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.

If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,

but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,

I tell you now that you will certainly perish;

you will not have a long life

on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:

I have set before you life and death,

the blessing and the curse.

Choose life, then,

that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God,

heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.

For that will mean life for you,

a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore

he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”


REFLECTION

"I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse."


From the moment we wake up we encounter choices: when the alarm goes off, do I wake up, or roll over for "five more minutes..."? When I finally decide to get up, what is the first thing I do? Do I say a prayer to God in thanksgiving for a new day of life? Or do I look at my smartphone to catch up with social media?


And so on and so forth...


Our Patron, St. John Vianney tells us:

“We must take great care never to do anything before having said our morning prayers...The Devil once declared that if he could have the first moment of the day, he was sure of all the rest.”

One prayer we encourage our PAPA members to pray, is the morning offering to the Sacred Heart. This prayer can also be found on our website HERE.

MORNING OFFERING TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Lord Jesus, * through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, * I offer You my prayers, * works, * joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, * in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, * in reparation for my sins, * for the intentions of all our PAPA members, * and in particular for the intentions of our Holy Father for this month. *
Amen.

Saying a prayer first thing when waking up seems like just a small step. In the daily battle against our enemies (the flesh, the devil, and the world), it is actually one of the more important ones.


Hope this pilgrimage through Lent is a blessed one for all y'all!


God bless you.





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