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FOURTH 
WEEK
OF LENT

Friday 03/19
St. Joseph, Husband of Mary

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Dear friends,

 
A blessed Lent to you all.
 
As we continue in our preparation for what is called the "feast of our salvation", let us remember that we are not fasting in vain.  Fasting frees us from the sloth and confusion of gluttony and enables us to fix our thoughts upon God.  As we fix our thoughts upon Him who is unchanging, praying without ceasing, our hearts and minds find stability and peace.  As the peace of God fills us, our lusts and desires are lulled to sleep and we grow in holiness.  By this we prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter in a manner that truly glorifies Christ and shows us to be risen with Him.  Therefore, let us continue in hope, knowing that Easter is at hand.
 
God bless you all!
 
William Michael, Director
Classical Liberal Arts Academy



MAR. 14 – MAR. 20, 2010

 
Print your weekly guide to the Liturgy of the Hours below:  

The guide should be printed in color on two sides.  Fold the guide in half and tuck it into your prayer book.  Enjoy!


Friday, March 19th

ST. JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY 

 
This week we celebrate St. Joseph as "husband of Mary". 
 
In Scripture, we are given but a few glimpses into the life of St. Joseph, but what we read of him is mysterious.  He is given the strangest of vocations–to live a life of chastity yet to bear all the worldly burdens of married life!  He is forced, unlike any man, to wrestle with the mystery of the Virgin birth–not in a textbook or lecture hall, but in his home.  He is called away in fulfillment of a famous prophesy made centuries before–only to find that while God provided the name of the city in which the Christ was to be born, He provided no room for the family there.  Though told that His wife was to bear a child conceived by the Holy Spirit, he watches as he is born among animals in a stable, in worse conditions than other men.  In that stable, St. Joseph is challenged, unlike any man, to embrace the doctrine of the Incarnation–holding the baby in his own hands.  When Herod sought to kill the child, Joseph was visited by mighty angels–and told to run away. 
 
All of this was experienced by St. Joseph in his mysterious life, but do we not find our lives to be equally confusing as we follow God?  Don’t we all face the same frustrations as we seek to "do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God"?  Why all this questioning and darkness in the Christian mind?  Where can we look for direction and strength to endure so many apparent contradictions in our lives?
 
We look to the Crucifix. 
 
What do we find there?  The same mystery, but magnified infinitely.  We find there the Lord of heaven and earth–being abused by men.  We find the one who commanded the waves–complaining of thirst.  We find the one who fed multitudes and strengthened the weak–hungry and exhausted.  He that was visited by angels in Gethsemane–left abandoned to suffer.  We find Him who said, "The one who believes in Me shall never see death"–dead and buried. 
 
It would be nice to tell the world that God plans to make them healthy and wealthy, but that message would prove itself false pretty quickly.  In fact, it seems that God is not eager to deliver us from suffering at all.  Instead, He enters it with us to fit us for Heaven.
 
God enters with us into our suffering and asks us to love Him more than all that our flesh can desire.  God enters with us into our poverty and asks us to count Him more valuable than all that our eyes can lust after.  God enters with us into our loneliness and humiliation and asks us whether we are content with His approval more than the praise and approval of any men.   It is during moments when nothing makes sense that–to the Christian–everything makes sense.  This the Crucifix teaches us.
 
As we continue through Lent, we will soon find the answer to all of Christ’s suffering and humiliation:  Easter Sunday.  There we also find the answer to our own questions and confusion.  We are not experiencing anything strange or cruel as we move through this "valley of tears’–we are feeling the heat and pressure of our purification as God saves us from death and fits us to be happy with Him forever.  It was this happiness that both Christ and St. Joseph looked to as they embraced God’s will in their lives.  It is this happiness that we now adore in good St. Joseph–"husband of Mary".


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Above:  An MOP brother visiting the tent of a homeless family living in the woods in the U.S.A.  Please help us find, evangelize and help the abandoned poor.  Your support helps us to feed families like this and extend to them the love and mercy of the Catholic Church.
 
A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
 
The CLAA is helping to fund the establishment of the first American mission of the Missionaries of the Poor.   Please note that we are not asking YOU to fund OUR support, but are inviting you to join us in supporting this radical Catholic mission.  With your help the mission can grow mare rapidly and assist more families in need. 
 
Use the button below to make a $5.00 donation this week.  If you’d like to give more, you can change the amount on the confirmation screen.
 
 
 
All gifts are tax-deductible and will be used to purchase necessary food and clothing for the poor to whom we minister.  There are NO administrative costs involved in this work.  If you would like to learn more about becoming a benefactor of the MOP mission in Monroe, please contact me: wmichael@classicalliberalarts.com.

                                                      February 19, 2010
Dear Friends in Christ,

MOP Monroe NC is one of the international missions of the Missionaries of the Poor established here in the United States of America in 2008. Our mission, though still in its formative years, conducts a food pantry, house visitations and Communion Service to four different hospices and nursing homes here in Union County, NC.  An increasing number of families are seeking our assistance for food on a weekly basis. Beginning with five, we now have seventeen families and more are coming. They need to live in hope. It is our desire that you and your family join us in this regard. Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life; in His Name we must share the bread and wine.
We do not charge for any of our services offered whether they be the corporal or spiritual works of mercy. We believe that the Lord will continue to move the hearts of his people in giving us the necessary means to fulfill His desire to be fed, to be cared and to be loved in the presence of His poor. Your generosity in helping us provide the basic necessities of our brothers and sisters, however possible, will be greatly appreciated.
Please send your donation through our good friends William and Dania Michael at the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. 
Be assured of our prayers.
God bless!

Bro. Rodel, MOP
Brother in Charge


THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS 
 
To pray the Liturgy of the Hours, you will need your own prayer book(s).  In buying them, you will have two basic options:  the one volume abridged version, called "Christian Prayer", or the full four volume Liturgy of the Hours set.
 
The ultimate difference between the two is in the Office of Readings.  If you desire to pray/read the Office of Readings, you will need the 4 volume set.  The Office of Readings includes a complete year’s worth of daily readings from Scripture and the Church Fathers that correspond to the Church calendar. 
 
However, if you intend only to pray Morning and Evening Prayer or maybe add Midday and/or Night Prayer, you will only need the one volume version.  This edition is so easy to use that our 6 year-old son manages it by himself during our daily prayers.
 
Most people end up buying Saints’ biographies and Bibles anyway, but tend to have a hard time bringing them all together into a profitable routine of personal devotional reading.  Instead of that, it may be best to buy the four folume set and make the Office of Readings your primary source for daily readings on the saints and the Scriptures.  You can always read more if you find the selections leave you desiring more, but we tend to "bite off more than we can chew" when it comes to starting devotions.  This is why the Office of Readings is so helpful.
 

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  LOTH 1-Vol. Christian Prayer ($37.00)

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  LOTH 4-Vol. Imitation Leather ($149.00) 
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The Weekly Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours is a free service provided by the Classical Liberal Arts Academy to promote family and personal prayer.  It is designed for use with the Catholic Publishing Company’s editions of the Liturgy of the Hours.  Please encourage your friends and relatives to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and let them know we’re here to help!  Direct them to the CLAA’s Liturgy of the Hours resource center at: www.classicalliberalarts.com/LOTH.




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