Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I pray for everyone this Lent; while it is a time of joyful anticipation (for RCIA candidates), and as we prepare for celebration of Our Lord's Resurrection, let us offer sacrifices for our good, holy clergy that have been thrown in with all the other not so great examples of the priesthood. Let us offer sacrifices for our Holy Father, that he will be given clarity by the Holy Spirit.
Let us also pray for vocations, that holy solid men and women will answer the call God has placed on them. I also ask for prayers for myself, and my community as we continue in our formation as a Dominican Tertiaries.
Let us also pray for our brothers and sisters who suffer with Same Sex Attraction; I believe that those involved with groups such as Courage, who are trying to live out the Church teachings and forgoing their sexual desires, are people who truly live out the Gospel. Predatory homosexuality is entirely different, and we must pray for our priests who, perhaps, suffered abuse as children themselves, and are only continuing the pattern.
If you're looking for some resources, here are a few:
https://hozana.org/s/5Xo8fV - This is an online group by the Augustinians out of the UK
If you're looking for a few books:
- Introduction to the Devout Life - St. Francis de Sales
- Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen, O.C.D
- Power of Silence by Cardinal Sarah
- Hope for the World by Cardinal Burke (in case you haven't read it).
Please be assured for my prayers brothers and sisters, and remember the words of St. John Paul. Be not afraid!
Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6