From:                              40 Day Contemplative Lenten Challenge <>

Sent:                               Friday, March 12, 2021 2:00 AM

To:                                   Karen Benson

Subject:                          Day 24 Friday March 12th 2021


March 12th Friday of the Third Week of Lent Link to Daily Readings Hos 14:2-10 Ps 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14 and 17 Mt 4:17 Mk 12:28-34 Resource Links: Introduction to 40 Day Contemplative Lenten Challenge Fasting and Praye r...







March 12th
Friday of the Third Week of Lent



PRESENCE OF GOD – In the silence of this day, I come to You, O Lord. Help me to hear Your voice and love You with my whole heart, mind and soul.



”Let him who is wise understand these things; let him who is prudent know them. Straight are the paths of the LORD, in them the just walk, but sinners stumble in them.” Hosea 10

I am the Lord your God: hear my voice. Psalm 81:11


During these 40 days, we are on a journey to encounter the Triune God, the Trinity. We are praying for a transformation. We are looking for that right relationship with our Creator.  We are halfway to Easter!

Jesus tells us: 

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
 with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
 There is no other commandment greater than these.”

How do we do this? This love is more than a feeling or emotion. Love is the decision or choice of the will. It is agápē love. It involves faithfulness, commitment and will. We attempt to be faithful in our daily relationship with the Trinity by prayer, meditation, contemplation, praise, worship, and following the path of the Lord. We make a commitment to God to be the best version of ourselves and to follow His guidelines (commandments). We train our wills, our willpower, or our self-control to put God at the center of our lives. Agápē love is clear in I Corinthians 13. The story of the Good Samaritan is an example of such love. (Luke 10:25-37)


Each day we have opportunities to love God, our neighbors and ourselves. How difficult is it to place God at the center of our heart, mind and soul? Are we God centered or ego centered? Because we are human, we often fall short of agápē love, the self-sacrificing love for God and others. 

Saint Ignatius tells us that we are either moving towards or away from God in our actions each day. 

Are you experiencing transformation by your prayer, fasting, and almsgiving on this journey? 

Have you decreased the noise in your life to hear God’s whisper? Today is a new day to encounter the Trinity.


Today is a day of abstinence from meat, which encourages love of God, neighbor, and self. 

Adoration today from 8:30 am -1:30 pm will allow silent time with God.

Rosary: Sorrowful Mysteries

Stations of the Cross begin at 6 pm in the Church. The Way of the Cross is a contemplative spiritual pilgrimage of the passion of Christ.   

Stations on the internet:

Stations of the Cross are found under Resources for Lent, on the St. John Vianney website.



O Lord, help me sit in the silence of this day and see myself as You see me. 

Where have I loved You, my neighbors and myself?

Where did I fail to love today?  Open my eyes to see. Open my ears to hear. Open my heart to have agápē love and be compassionate like the Good Samaritan. The Kingdom of God is a way of living; grant that I may live in a way pleasing to You. Grant me the grace to sit in silent contemplation, emptying myself to just “be” in Your Presence.








Sent by Deacon Joe Mills













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