17 February 2015
Tomorrow is the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday. As we receive ashes on our forehead, we remember that once we were dust and to dust we shall return. With this, the Church reminds us to live a holy life pleasing to the Lord, so that at the end of our earthly life, the Lord will welcome us in His Eternal Kingdom in heaven.
As you have learned, Lent is that season of approximately 40 days when we prepare ourselves for the observance of our Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection. This is the time for us to practice intensely the 3 good works that we learned from Fr. Al: prayer, sacrifice, and alsmgiving/charity.
When you were at Boystown/Girlstown , you offered your merienda as your little sacrifice. Your observance of the rules and regulations at school is another way of practicing sacrifice. In a higher level, you are now called to practice the required fasting and abstinence. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is limited to a single full meal. The other Fridays of Lent are days of abtinence from meat, as what you have practiced at Boystown/Girlstown. Of course, doing your everyday obligations and work faithfully is a beautiful way of practicing sacrifice.
At Boystown/Girlstown you were urged to pray fervently your daily rosary and the Stations of the Cross on Fridays. I know, that your busy schedule has robbed your time for these prayers. However, you can pray the 5 mysteries of the Holy Rosary in an “installment” basis; like praying the 1st mystery when you wake up in the morning, the 2nd when you are on your way to your work, the 3rd when you are riding on the bus, the 4th when you are on your way back home and the last mystery, before you retire at night. In that way, you can feel the presence of Jesus and the Blessed Mother through out the day. It is also good to make a regular examinaion of conscience before sleeping and renew your Act of Contrition.
At Boystown/Girlstown you were advised to be more understanding with your fellow children’s needs; smile at your enemies, be friendly with everyone, help your fellow students with their works/studies.
Now, your charity could be practiced in a wider place; Your neighbors are not only confined with your immediate family members; it include those in your workplace or everyone in the society. Your charity has to be observed in a deeper sense of commitment. It starts with a smile, listening to others, partaking your food with your friends, extending a helping hand to the needy, and goes beyond forgiving the one who have offended you most--- all for the glory of the Lord.
Let us pray that the Blessed Mother, the Virgin of the Poor will be with us always and lead us to Jesus, the Fountain of grace. Fr. Al pray for us.
The Congregations of the Sisters of Mary and the Brothers of Christ cordially invite you to the THANKSGIVING MASS for the PROMULGATION OF THE DECREE OF HEROIC VIRTUES of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz (Founder) at the Sisters of Mary Girlstown Brgy. Biga II, Silang Cavite on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 3:00P.M.