Lent Letter from Fr. Mike

15LENT-banner for websiteDear Friend,

Giving up small things we enjoy during Lent is a way we honor the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. When we do extra things to help others, we follow the path He set for us in living a Christian life.

Luke writes in his gospel of important events in the childhood of Jesus. Luke recognized the role of Jesus’ earthly family by ending the narrative with “his mother kept all these things in her heart”.

Simeon told Mary at the Presentation that a sword would pierce her “so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed”. While she couldn’t know fully what this would mean, Mary accepted and treasured God’s will for her and for her Son. Even as she grieved over Jesus’ suffering as she stood at the foot of the cross, she knew His sacrifice was for the good of the whole world.

Jesus didn’t have an easy earthly life, and He didn’t promise that our lives would be easy either. We all suffer fears, disappointments, and grief – but we know we’ll receive our reward when we see Jesus and our loved ones in heaven.

God’s plan for us is for our salvation and eternal life with and in Him, and Mary treasures this in her heart. As the Mother of Jesus, she constantly intercedes with Him for us because the Mother of the Body of Christ is also our mother, and we ask her intercession as we say “Pray for us now and at the hour of our death”.

Good Saint Ann, the mother of Mary, and grandmother to Jesus, also intercedes on our behalf. We are so fortunate to have a heavenly family who cares for us! The suffering they experienced at the crucifixion is something they keep in their hearts because Jesus’ resurrection is the salvation of the world.

Part of the spirit of Lent is doing something extra, and your financial support to Saint Ann’s Shrine makes possible all of the good works of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers and Brothers. Be assured that we treasure you in our hearts and prayers.

Following in the footsteps of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, the founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, our mission is to respond to the hungers of the human family with the riches of God’s love manifested in the Eucharist.

We ask for your help in this mission. Your sacrificial gift makes it possible to for us to continue evangelization in the world, calling all to share Christ’s life as He gives Himself to us in the Eucharist.

All of us have moments in our lives that we value. When I was a teenager I saw a mother crying as her son received Our Lord in the Eucharist for the first time. Her tears of joy showed how much she loved her son, and how eager she was to share with him the love of Our Lord. She must have treasured this moment in her heart, and it is still a precious memory for me, sharing the joy of that moment in this child’s life.

As we honor the sacrifice Jesus made for us this Lenten season, let’s keep in our hearts the will of God in our lives. May God bless you for all you do and may you always know that you are the treasure and the heart of Our Lord.

Yours in Good Saint Ann,
Rev. Michael P. Noreika, SSS
Spiritual Director

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