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Jesus affirms, "apart from Me you can do nothing." (Jn 15:5)

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The person who flees from prayer is fleeing everything that is good. - St John of the Cross.
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The difficulties of life do not have to be unbearable. It is the way we look at them through faith or through unbelief, that makes them seem so. We must be convinced that our Father is full of love for us and that He only permits trials to come our way for our own good. Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God. The more we know Him, the more we will desire to know Him. As love increases with knowledge, the more we know God, the more we will truly love Him. We will learn to love Him equally in times of distress or in times of great joy. from "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence
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On Wednesday morning we have mass at 7:00 am and breakfast follows at the local Old Neighborhood Grill. It's a great time. Fr. Klein often holds "Fr. Klein's School of Religion." Today the topic was "knowing your weapons and how to use them for spiritual warfare." Today we learned that grace is a powerful weapon. The Devil hates our receiving of grace and he does everything he can to interfere with this powerful tool working effectively in our lives. We talked about how each of the sacraments were given by and are fulfilled in Christ to be a means of grace, and as sign of hope; and that each one is a spiritual weapon designed to protects us and to send the demons running. It was a great time! Join us next Wednesday, first at 7:00 am in the Lady Chapel for Mass, than breakfast and teaching to follow!
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Our Gospel reading today is Matthew 6:19-24. Jesus reminds us that "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." So I ask you, "what" or "who" is your heart set upon? What captures the imagination of your heart or is occupying your energy and conversations? Much comes our way everyday, but do we turn to God with a heart filled with gratitude? Is He the "light of your life?" Let us not forget that even the moments and hours before us are gifts the He is providing. May God bless you, and remember to say your prayers before the day is over! Amen
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Tonight at 7:00 pm Mass what we find is a moving liturgy pointing to the living reality of Jesus Christ. Join us.
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In the Anglican world today is Holy Thursday or "Maundy Thursday." The meaning of "maundy" derives from the Latin "mandatum." Jesus today speaks of His "mandatum novum" or "new commandment" in John 13:34. This day is deeply rich in realizing all that took place in the Cenacle... "the night before He suffered death."
In the Cenacle Jesus gave to His apostles (Church) two gifts, namely the Holy Eucharist and His priesthood. He did this so to extend into and make present in our day and time His sacrifice on the Cross.
Through the sacrament of the Body and Blood persons who have come to faith and are baptized can "be partakers of His most blessed Body and Blood... so we, and the whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of His passion." (BCP 335).
Genealogy research is a great pastime for me. It's a wonderful way to "stay connected" with family and events of the past. I have wonderful pictures, letters, daily notes, diaries and even locks of hair! They allow me to be touched by family who have come and gone. But Jesus Christ, as perfect God and perfect man, has left us more than a sacred story, He has left us Himself! Yes, Jesus himself remains, just as He promised.
In the letter to the Hebrews we read, "... [Jesus] holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever! Consequently He is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives and makes intercession for them." (Heb 7:24-25)
Tonight at St. John's, when we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, what we will find is a deeply moving liturgy pointing to Who is present under the elements of bread and wine, and that is the living reality of Jesus Christ. He is the new manna for the salvation of the world! Join us tonight. Let Jesus wash your feet and feed your soul for your Heaven's perfection! Amen
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"Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord, and guard the door of my lips; let not my heart incline to any evil thing." (Ps 141:3). It is so easy to become intwined in the sites and sounds and language of the fallen ways. What we need daily is to see everything more clearly by seeing everything biblically. Our whole being of mind, body and soul must participate more fully in the wholesome vision God. Our Lenten disciplines of fasting, increased almsgiving, prayer, and service to others can open our eyes to see how God draws us into His way of “seeing” and "living." This is the beauty of the Lenten journey that it leads to the Cross and ultimately to His resurrection. Glory be to Him.
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Lenten Program ... Wednesdays. 6:00 pm Stations, 6:30 pm soup dinner, 7:00-8:00 pm adult & kids teaching. Nursery.
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Fasting, Almsgiving, and Prayer...

A good Lenten program includes fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. When these three are joined with reading and meditating on God’s holy Word the Holy Spirit can help us cultivate an honest ear for “inner listening.” In such a noisy world it’s hard most of the time to be honest and mindful of what is going on in our heart and we rarely can really listen to our thoughts.

This “inner listening” that I’m speaking about is important for our soul and body’s health. The disciplines of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer serve as a type of monitor to our hearts "desires" and our thoughts and actions. We become more attentive to the “whys,” and the “desires,” and the “hungers” we have for so many things and feelings.

Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer is discipline united that makes us strong in the Lord.

Have you tried fasting, almsgiving, and prayer as a discipline to better reach your heart and soul? Do you read and meditate on God’s holy Word? Lent is a good time to start caring for your soul and body.
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