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Beyond Giving Up Chocolate: Going Deeper in Lent

From the time we were children, our first question for Lent was often, “What are you giving up for Lent?”  Giving something up for these 40 days is a custom that, when we were younger, helped us enter into the season with a sense of purpose and a greater awareness.Chocolate

As adults, we might want to consider looking at Lent in a deeper way.  We are probably much more settled into our behaviors and patterns of life and sometimes giving up something is where we begin — and end — our reflections on Lent.  It can be tempting to say “I am giving up chocolate” or beer or even all sweets and all alcohol. But without more reflection, it can become simply a way I show God how how strong I am.  It is more about me than any conversation with God.

Lent isn’t simply about us “giving up” something.  The real grace is when we recognize that Lent is a season in which God wants to give us something.  God wants to help us transform our lives and make us more free as people — not just freer with God, but in the way we live our lives and love our families.

It is much easier for us to simply choose something to give up — then we can dismiss Lent!  “I am giving up TV for Lent.”  “I am giving up movies…  Snacks…  Soda pop.”   We give it up and exercise our willpower for 40 days to prove to ourselves and to God that we can do it. And at the end of Lent we can return to what we gave up.

But this year we might reflect and ask the deeper question: What is God inviting me to change this Lent? How do I know what God might be stirring in me? I begin by listening to the movements in my heart. Where am I feeling uncomfortable with the choices I am making? With the things I have done? With the habitual ways I respond? The Lord will be speaking to me in those small nagging moments of discomfort in my heart.

It might be that we know deep down that we drink too much and that giving up alcohol would make us less irritable each night.  Then giving up alcohol would be the right thing. Asking what we would like to change about ourselves this Lent requires a little reflection.  What pattern of behavior in my life needs changing?  What do I need more of in my life?  Patience? Unselfishness?  More loving behavior toward my spouse or children?

But each of us can think of something that gets in the way of our being loving and self-sacrificing.  Too often the ordinary conflicts, divisions and difficulties in our family life result from simple selfishness on my part.  I choose to fight.  I choose to defend my opinion.  I choose to use things I know about my partner, my children, my parents against them. I choose to hurt them.

The results of that behavior are never good and always divisive.  We can imagine a Lenten practice in which each of us would tell members of our family – those whom we have most offended in these ways — that we are sorry and ask them to help us to work with us to bring more unity and peace to our family life.

We can ask: What would it cost me to change this behavior?  What would it mean if I didn’t walk around my family acting crabby all the time?  What if I decided to be much more loving and patient with my spouse this Lent?  What if I did decide to “give up” something really destructive in my life, like alcohol, pornography or on-line friendships?  As I reflect, I might realize that changing a particular way I live is coming to me as a call from God and I don’t have to do it alone. God is moving my heart to reflect on these changes and God will remain faithful and help me to stay open to the grace being offered to me for change.

I need help.  It may be something that I don’t want to change or acknowledge.  I don’t think I can change it.  But that’s where talking to God can make the difference.  I am not doing this alone; I am doing it with God.

When I look at challenges with my spouse, I might discover that one of the barriers to communication in my marriage is that I interrupt and disagree.  In some place in my head I know that is an annoying habit, but I am not free enough to simply listen without objecting. Maybe I am unable to receive what my spouse says without coming to the conclusion that my spouse is wrong. What if sharing a different point of view was not about winning an argument but to advancing communication between us?

In asking God for help, we might ponder one of the many healing gospels, like Mark 2: 1-12.  In this story, a group of friends carried a mat with a paralyzed man to Jesus, who was teaching inside a house.  So many people crowded around the outside of the house that the friends were unable to get the mat inside.  So they went up to the roof and moved aside the tiles and lowered their friend on the mat to Jesus below.  The words to this gospel say that the friends on the roof had “broken through” the tiles to lower their friend into the house for healing.  Their breakthrough led directly to the healing.

Where do we need a breakthrough? What is the barrier that keeps us from asking for healing?  In our own lives, we need to break through our denials, defensiveness and our unwillingness to look at ourselves. Discovering what the barrier is in my life is critical.  If we don’t know what the barrier is, these weeks of Lent are a great time to reflect upon it.  When we identify the barrier, we have made the breakthrough. That’s when Jesus can heal us of it.

Why is this a good Lenten penance?  Because it gets my attention where I live every day.  It allows God’s grace into my soul and into the place where my real life exists.  That’s where Jesus stands with me every day, waiting for me to be lowered from the roof so he can touch me and heal me.

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THE WISDOM OF ABANDONMENT

“Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance.” —Isaiah 60:3
Wise men and women, like the wise men of the first Christmas, prostrate themselves before Jesus, do Him homage, and give themselves to Him (Mt 2:11). This total abandonment is not a one-time experience, but a way of life — forever.

Wise men and women are great-souled individuals who begrudge nothing to God. They’re not looking for the quickest Mass to fulfill their Sunday obligation. Rather, they consider it a privilege to worship the Lord as long as possible. Wise men and women don’t ask if they have to go to Confession annually, but they rejoice in celebrating frequently the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Wise men and women consider it a privilege to share their faith in Jesus, especially in situations where they may be persecuted (see Acts 5:41; 13:52). Wisdom is not doing the minimum but always searching for new opportunities to abandon ourselves to the love and will of God. Wise men and women transcend their natural inclinations to selfishness, laziness, and fear. They live supernaturally — by grace and by faith.

The Lord wants to make you a wise man or woman. Are you willing to become wise, to follow the star, to give all to Jesus?

Prayer: Father, on this Epiphany, give me the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom (see Ps 111:10).
Promise: “See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears His glory.” —Is 60:2
Praise: Alleluia! Christ “was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit; seen by the angels; preached among the Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up into glory” (1 Tm 3:16).
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 17, 2013.
The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.

LA SABIDURIA DEL ABANDONO

“Las naciones caminarán a tu luz y los reyes, al esplendor de tu aurora” (Isaías 60:3).
Hombres y mujeres de lugares lejanos, vienen a postrarse frente a Jesús, rindiéndole homenaje, y dándose completamente a Él (Mt 2:11). Este abandono es el final de un largo viaje y el comienzo de una nueva vida —para siempre.

De tierras lejanas vienen los Reyes Magos, convencidos que ha nacido un Rey. Ellos enfrentan toda clase de retos sabiendo que hay algo grande que amerita el gran esfuerzo. Si logramos esa conciencia de algo “grande” que nos espera, no buscaremos la Misa más rápida para cumplir con la obligación dominical. En vez de esto consideramos la Misa como un privilegio en el que rendimos adoración a Dios. Cuando nos abandonamos a los pies de Jesús, nos abrimos a una sabiduría que nos permite ver lo que es verdaderamente importante; especialmente en situaciones en que podamos ser perseguidos (Cfr. Hch 5:41; 13:52). Esta sabiduría no se conforma con el esfuerzo mínimo; sino que busca nuevas oportunidades para abandonarse al amor y a la voluntad de Dios. Los hombres y mujeres sabios siempre vas más allá de sus inclinaciones naturales de egoísmo, pereza, y miedo. Ellos viven sobrenaturalmente –por la gracia y por la fe.

El Señor quiere que seamos hombres y mujeres sabios, ¿Estás dispuesto a ser sabio o sabia? (Cfr. Sal 111:10), ¿a seguir la estrella y darlo todo por Jesús?

Oración: Padre, en está Epifanía, regálame el temor a Dios, el cual es el principio de la sabiduría.
Promesa: “Porque las tinieblas cubren la tierra y una densa oscuridad, a las naciones, pero sobre ti brillará el Señor y su gloria aparecerá sobre ti (Is 60:2).
Alabanza: ¡Aleluya! Cristo “En efecto, es realmente grande el misterio que veneramos: Él se manifestó en la carne, fue justificado en el Espíritu, contemplado por los ángeles, proclamado a los paganos, aceptado en el mundo y elevado a la gloria.” (1 Tim 3:16).
Rescripto: Según el Código de Derecho Canónico, se otorga el Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) a Un Pan, Un Cuerpo por el periodo desde 1 de diciembre de 2013 hasta 31 de enero de 2014 incluso.
†Reverendísimo Joseph R. Binzer, Obispo auxiliar y Vicario general de la Arquidiócesis de Cincinnati, 19 de julio de 2013.
El Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) es una declaración que un libro o folleto se considera libre de error doctrinal o moral. No implica acuerdo con contenido, opiniones o afirmaciones expresadas en el mismo.

CONFIRMATION NAME

“[Andrew] brought [Peter] to Jesus, Who looked at [Peter] and said, ‘You are Simon, son of John; your name shall be Cephas (which is rendered Peter)’.” —John 1:42
As a thirteen-year-old preparing for Confirmation, I knew nothing of the lives of the saints. My mother mercifully suggested Francis for my Confirmation name. There were two such saints, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Francis de Sales, and I found myself more attracted to the latter saint. Decades later I learned that St. Francis de Sales published numerous religious booklets, is the patron saint of writers, and also of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. I praise the Lord, Who named me Francis in Confirmation and led me to the perfect patron for my life’s ministry! The Lord didn’t see me as a clueless youth, but rather He saw me as the person I would become in Jesus, and gave me a new name to fit the part.

Jesus changed Simon’s name to Cephas, which means ‘Rock’ in Aramaic, the language spoken at the time in Galilee, or Petros in Greek, also translated ‘Rock.’ Jesus saw Simon not as he was at that moment, but as the man he would become, the leader and rock of the Church. Often religious orders will issue a new name to a new member. The Lord is always working through that name change. With the new name also comes His calling.

Praise and thank Jesus that He sees beyond our past and present failings, weaknesses, and sins. He sees us as a royal son or daughter of God. Jesus loves us for who we are, but issues us an upward calling (Phil 3:14) to be His fruitful disciple.

Today, bring to mind your Confirmation name. With that name, you are confirmed in the Holy Spirit. Live your new name and new calling in Christ. Be re-confirmed in the Spirit.

Prayer: Father, may I become the person You see when You look at me. May I live up to my new name.
Promise: “The man who acts in holiness is holy indeed.” —1 Jn 3:7
Praise: St. Elizabeth helped many others to build the right foundation through solid Catholic education.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 17, 2013.
The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.

EL NOMBRE DE LA CONFIRMACIÓN

“Entonces lo llevó a donde estaba Jesús. Jesús lo miró y le dijo: ‘Tú eres Simón, el hijo de Juan: tú te llamarás Cefas (que traducido significa Pedro)'” (Juan 1:42).
Siendo un adolescente de trece años que me preparaba para la Confirmación, no conocía nada de la vida de los santos. Mi madre misericordiosamente, me sugirió el nombre de Francisco para mi Confirmación. Habían dos santos con ese nombre, san Francisco de Asís y san Francisco de Sales y me sentí más atraído por el segundo. Décadas más tarde aprendí que san Francisco de Sales publicó muchos folletos religiosos, es el santo patrón de los escritores y también de la Arquidiócesis de Cincinnati (donde se publica Un Pan, Un Cuerpo). ¡Glorifico al Señor que me nombró Francisco en la Confirmación y me guió hacia el patrón perfecto para el ministerio de mi vida! El Señor no me vio como un joven despistado sino más bien como la persona que podría llegar a ser servidor de Jesús y me dio un nuevo nombre para corresponder con la parte.

Jesús cambió el nombre de Simón por Pedro que significa ‘Piedra’ en arameo, el lenguaje hablado en ese tiempo en Galilea o Petros en griego, también traducido como ‘Piedra’. Jesús vio a Simón no como él era, sino como el hombre que llegaría a ser, el líder y piedra de la Iglesia. A menudo las órdenes religiosas establecen cambiar de nombre a un nuevo miembro. El Señor está trabajando a través de ese cambio. Con el cambio de nombre también viene su llamado.

Glorifico y agradezco a Jesús porque Él ve más allá de nuestras caídas pasadas y presentes, debilidades y pecados. Él nos ve como realmente hijos o hijas de Dios. Jesús nos ama por lo que somos, pero nos hace un llamado celestial (Fil 3:14) a ser sus discípulos fructíferos.

Hoy, recuerda el nombre de tu Confirmación. Con ese nombre has sido confirmado en el Espíritu Santo. Vive conforme a tu nuevo nombre, por el que Cristo te ha llamado, para que seas reconfirmado en el Espíritu.

Oración: Padre, que pueda convertirme en la persona que ves cuando me miras. Que pueda reactivar mi nuevo nombre.
Promesa: “El que practica la justicia es justo, como él mismo es justo” (1 Jn 3:7).
Alabanza: Santa Isabel ayudó a muchos a construir una base sólida mediante una educación católica.
(Esta enseñanza fue presentada por un miembro del equipo editorial).
Rescripto: Según el Código de Derecho Canónico, se otorga el Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) a Un Pan, Un Cuerpo por el periodo desde 1 de diciembre de 2013 hasta 31 de enero de 2014 incluso.
†Reverendísimo Joseph R. Binzer, Obispo auxiliar y Vicario general de la Arquidiócesis de Cincinnati, 19 de julio de 2013.
El Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) es una declaración que un libro o folleto se considera libre de error doctrinal o moral. No implica acuerdo con contenido, opiniones o afirmaciones expresadas en el mismo.

ADOPT-ABLE

“Dearly beloved, we are God’s children now.” —1 John 3:2
God loved us so much that He wanted us in His family. However, our nature was not compatible with being in God’s family. It would be like a human family adopting a beetle, cockroach, amoeba, orangutan, or giraffe. It just wouldn’t work. Even if we pretended these creatures were part of our families, they don’t have the capacity to join in family life. They could be nothing other than pets at best. In the same way, human beings don’t naturally have the capacity to belong in God’s family.

Consequently, God the Father sent His Son to become a human being and make it possible for our human natures to be changed so significantly that we can be adopted into God’s family. “Any who did accept [Jesus] He empowered to become children of God. These are they who believe in His name — who were begotten not by blood, nor by carnal desire, nor by man’s willing it, but by God” (Jn 1:12-13). “See what love the Father has bestowed on us in letting us be called children of God! Yet that is what we are” (1 Jn 3:1).

Jesus was born in Bethlehem so He could die on Calvary. By being baptized into His death, we share in His resurrection and become new creations (Gal 6:15) and adopted children of God. Christmas is for children — God’s children.

Prayer: Father, thank You for making us adopt-able.
Promise: “When you see the Spirit descend and rest on Someone, it is He Who is to baptize with the Holy Spirit.” —Jn 1:33
Praise: The Holy Name of Jesus means “God saves,” which means we need saving. Praise You, Jesus our Savior. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Your most adorable and holy name (Phil 2:9-11). Alleluia!
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 17, 2013.
The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.

ADOPTIVOS

“Queridos míos, desde ahora somos hijos de Dios” (1 Juan 3:2).
Dios nos amó tanto que quiso hacernos parte de su familia. Sin embargo, nuestra naturaleza no era compatible con la familia de Dios. Sería como si una familia humana adoptara un escarabajo, una cucaracha, una ameba, un orangután o una jirafa. No funcionaría. Incluso si pretendiéramos que estas criaturas fueran parte de nuestra familia, no tendrían la capacidad de llevar una vida en familia. Cuando mucho, no serían más que mascotas. De la misma manera, los seres humanos no fuimos creados con la capacidad de pertenecer a la familia de Dios.

Sin embargo, Dios Padre envió a Su Hijo para que se convirtiera en ser humano y hace posible lo imposible: que pudiéramos ser adoptados en la familia de Dios. “Pero a todos los que lo recibieron, a los que creen en su Nombre, les dio el poder de llegar a ser hijos de Dios. Ellos no nacieron de la sangre, ni por obra de la carne, ni de la voluntad del hombre sino que fueron engendrados por Dios” (Jn 1:12-13). “¡Miren cómo nos amó el Padre! Quiso que nos llamáramos hijos de Dios y nosotros lo somos realmente” (1 Jn 3:1).

Jesús nació en Belén y murió en el Calvario. Al ser bautizados en su muerte, compartimos su resurrección y llegamos a ser nuevas criaturas (Gal 6:15) e hijos adoptivos de Dios. La Navidad es para los niños –los Niños de Dios.

Oración: Padre, gracias por habernos adoptado.
Promesa: “Aquél sobre el que veas descender el Espíritu Santo y permanece sobre Él, ése es el que bautiza en el Espíritu Santo” (Jn 1:33).
Alabanza: El Dulce Nombre de Jesús significa “Dios salva”. Lo cual significa que nosotros necesitamos salvación. ¡Alabanza a ti, Jesús nuestro Salvador! Que toda rodilla se doble y toda lengua confiese Su muy adorable y santo nombre (Fil 2:9-11). ¡Aleluya!
Rescripto: Según el Código de Derecho Canónico, se otorga el Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) a Un Pan, Un Cuerpo por el periodo desde 1 de diciembre de 2013 hasta 31 de enero de 2014 incluso.
†Reverendísimo Joseph R. Binzer, Obispo auxiliar y Vicario general de la Arquidiócesis de Cincinnati, 19 de julio de 2013.
El Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) es una declaración que un libro o folleto se considera libre de error doctrinal o moral. No implica acuerdo con contenido, opiniones o afirmaciones expresadas en el mismo.

ANOINTING, REMAINING, AND GROWING

“Remain in Him as that anointing taught you.” —1 John 2:27
On the inside front cover of this booklet is the Rescript, the Catholic Church’s Permission to Publish. Before One Bread, One Body is printed, the Church reviews this booklet to ensure it is free of doctrinal or moral error. When the booklet is error-free, “free from any lie” (1 Jn 2:27), the Church grants Permission to Publish. (Until recently, Permission to Publish was called the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur.) At Presentation Ministries, remaining safely under Church authority is how we remain in Jesus as the anointing of the Holy Spirit taught us (1 Jn 2:27).

St. John says that if the anointing you received from Jesus remains in you, then “you have no need for anyone to teach you” (1 Jn 2:27). Then why read this booklet?

  • We are imperfect vessels and we leak (see Jer 2:13). We need to be constantly re-filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • We must devote ourselves to the teaching of the Church and study the Scriptures daily (Acts 2:42; 17:11), both of which help us grow (Acts 20:32).
  • Faith comes through hearing the Word of God (Rm 10:17). If we don’t increase in faith, how can we be sure we will remain in Him? This booklet proclaims God’s Word to increase our faith.
  • Like the early Church, we must be devoted to spreading God’s Word (Acts 6:7) and feeding His sheep (Jn 21:17).

“Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (Catechism, 133). If we’re ignorant of Him, we cannot “remain in Him” (1 Jn 2:28). Read God’s Word daily, and remain in Jesus.

Prayer: Jesus, keep me faithful to Your teaching and never let me be parted from You.
Promise: His “promise is no less than this: eternal life.” —1 Jn 2:25
Praise: By the power of the Holy Spirit, St. Basil protected his diocese from heresy.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 17, 2013.
The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.

 

UNCIÓN, PERMANENCIA Y CRECIMIENTO

“Pero la unción que recibieron de él permanece en ustedes, y no necesitan que nadie les enseñe” (1 Juan 2:27).
En el interior de la portada de este libro aparece el Rescripto con el permiso de la Iglesia Católica para su publicación. Antes de que se imprima Un Pan Un Cuerpo, la Iglesia revisa que este libro esté libre de errores doctrinales o morales. Cuando el libro está libre de errores, “libre de mentiras” (1 Jn 2:27), la Iglesia otorga el permiso para su publicación. (También se le puede llamar Nihil Obstat o Imprimátur). En los Ministerios de la Presentación, contar con la aprobación eclesiástica, es permanecer en Jesús ungidos tal y como el Espíritu Santo nos ha enseñado (1 Jn 2:27).

San Juan nos dice, que si la unción que recibiste de Jesús permanece en ti, entonces “no necesitas que alguien te enseñe” (1 Jn 2:27). Entonces, ¿para qué leer este libro?

  • Porque somos vasos imperfectos que se vacían (Cfr. Jer 2:13). Necesitamos llenarnos constantemente con el Espíritu Santo.
  • Debemos apegarnos a las enseñanzas de la Iglesia y estudiar las Escrituras diariamente (Hch 2:42; 17:11), ambos nos ayudan a madurar (Hch 20:32).
  • La fe viene de escuchar la Palabra de Dios (Rom 10:17). Si no crecemos en la fe, ¿cómo podemos estar seguros de que permaneceremos en Él? Este libro proclama la Palabra de Dios para aumentar nuestra fe.
  • Así como en la primera Iglesia, debemos apegarnos a proclamar la Palabra de Dios (Hch 6;7) y a alimentar a sus ovejas (Jn 21;17).

“La ignorancia de las Escrituras, es la ignorancia de Cristo” (CIC #133). Si no sabemos de Él, no podemos permanecer en Él” (1 Jn 2:28). Lee la Palabra de Dios diariamente y permanece en Jesús.

Oración: Jesús, sostenme en la fidelidad a tus enseñanzas y no permitas que me aparte de ti.
Promesa: “La promesa que él nos hizo es esta: la Vida eterna” (1 Jn 2:25)
Alabanza: Por el poder del Espíritu Santo, san Basilio protegió a su diócesis de la herejía.
(Está enseñanza fue presentada por un miembro de nuestro equipo editorial).
Rescripto: Según el Código de Derecho Canónico, se otorga el Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) a Un Pan, Un Cuerpo por el periodo desde 1 de diciembre de 2013 hasta 31 de enero de 2014 incluso.
†Reverendísimo Joseph R. Binzer, Obispo auxiliar y Vicario general de la Arquidiócesis de Cincinnati, 19 de julio de 2013.
El Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) es una declaración que un libro o folleto se considera libre de error doctrinal o moral. No implica acuerdo con contenido, opiniones o afirmaciones expresadas en el mismo.

A NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION

“Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart.” —Luke 2:19
What thoughts did Mary reflect upon? Were they sentimental? If you were having a baby in a real barn, sentimental thoughts would not be uppermost in your mind. Were Mary’s thoughts contemplative, mystical, or profound? Possibly, but we have no reason to believe this. Were Mary’s thoughts full of anger? Mary had reason to be angry since she was forced to have her baby in a stable, but we know that Mary did not sin. Therefore, if her thoughts were of anger, they were of righteous anger (see Eph 4:26).Of course, no one can tell what was on Mary’s mind. The only extended statement in the Bible on which to base any conclusions about Mary’s thoughts is her “Magnificat.” In Luke 1:46-55, Mary praised the Lord and then proclaimed a revolution. She prophesied: “[The Lord] has shown might with His arm; He has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts. He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. The hungry He has given every good thing, while the rich He has sent empty away” (Lk 1:51-53). Mary called for a revolution not through physical violence but through repentance. This revolution was made possible by her Son Jesus, Who is a Sign of contradiction for the rise and fall of many (Lk 2:34).For years, many of us have been making and breaking New Year’s resolutions. Change an “s” to a “v”, and make a New Year’s revolution in Jesus. This will make “Happy New Year” not just a wish, but a reality.
Prayer: Father, use Christians to turn this upside-down world right-side up (see Acts 17:6).
Promise: “The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!” —Nm 6:24-26
Praise: Mary is still calling us to revolution through her messages at Lourdes, Fatima, and other apparitions.
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 17, 2013.
The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.

REVOLUCIÓN DE AÑO NUEVO

“María conservaba estas cosas y las meditaba en su corazón” (Lucas 2:19).
¿Qué reflexionaba María? ¿Sus sentimientos? Si fueras a dar a luz a un hijo en un establo, lo más remoto en tu mente serían tus sentimentales. ¿Eran los pensamientos de María contemplativos, místicos, o profundos? Es posible, pero no tenemos ninguna razón para creer esto. ¿Estaban los pensamientos de María llenos de ira? María tenía razón para estar enojada ya que ella se vio obligada a dar a luz en un establo, pero sabemos que María no pecó. Por lo tanto, si sus pensamientos eran de ira, eran de ira justa. (Cfr. Efe 4:26).Por supuesto, nadie puede decir lo que estaba en la mente de María. La única declaración extensa en la Biblia en lo que podemos basar conclusiones sobre los pensamientos de María es en su “Magníficat”. En Lucas 1:46-55, María alaba al Señor y proclama una revolución. Ella profetiza: “[El Señor] Desplegó la fuerza de su brazo, dispersó a los soberbios de corazón. Derribó a los poderosos de su trono y elevó a los humildes. Colmó de bienes a los hambrientos y despidió a los ricos con las manos vacías” (Lc 1:51-53). María llama a una revolución no mediante la violencia física, sino por medio del arrepentimiento. Esta revolución es posible gracias a su hijo Jesús, que es un signo de contradicción para el ascenso y la caída de muchos (Lc 2,34). Durante años, muchos de nosotros hacemos y rompemos las resoluciones de Año Nuevo. Cambia una “s” por una “v”, y haz la revolución del Año Nuevo en Jesús. Esto hará que “Feliz Año Nuevo” no sea sólo un deseo, sino una realidad.
Oración: Padre, utiliza a los cristianos para llevar este mundo por el camino derecho (Cfr. Hch 17:06).
Promesa: “Que el Señor te bendiga y te proteja. Que el Señor haga brillar su rostro sobre ti y muestre su gracia. Que el Señor te descubra su rostro y te conceda la paz” (Num 6:24-26).
Alabanza: María nos sigue llamando a la revolución a través de sus mensajes en Lourdes, Fátima y otras apariciones.
Rescripto: Según el Código de Derecho Canónico, se otorga el Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) a Un Pan, Un Cuerpo por el periodo desde 1 de diciembre de 2013 hasta 31 de enero de 2014 incluso.
†Reverendísimo Joseph R. Binzer, Obispo auxiliar y Vicario general de la Arquidiócesis de Cincinnati, 19 de julio de 2013.
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In loving memory of all that occurred that day and for all the lives lost. Please take a moment for all the souls departed from that day and pray the prayer to our Lady of America…

Oh Immaculate Mother, Queen of our country, open our hearts, our homes, and our land to the coming of Jesus, your Divine Son. With Him, reign over us, O heavenly Lady, so pure and so bright with the radiance of Gods light shining in and about you. Be our leader against the powers of evil set upon wresting the world of souls, redeemed at such a great cost by the sufferings of your Son and of yourself, in union with Him, from that same Savior, Who loves us with infinite charity. We gather about you, O chaste and holy Mother, Virgin Immaculate, Patroness of our beloved Land, determined to fight under your banner of holy purity against the wickedness that would make all the world an abyss of evil, without God and without your loving maternal care. We consecrate our hearts, our homes, our Land to your Most Pure Heart, O great Queen, that the kingdom of your Son, our Redeemer and our God, may be firmly established in us. We ask no special sign of you, sweet Mother, for we believe in your great love for us, and we place in you our entire confidence. We promise to honor you by faith, love, and the purity of our lives according to your desire. Reign over us, then, O Virgin Immaculate, with your Son Jesus Christ. May His Divine Heart and your most chaste Heart be ever enthroned and glorified among us. Use us, your children of America, as your instruments of peace among men and nations. Work your miracles of grace in us, so that we may be a glory to the Blessed Trinity, Who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us. May your valiant spouse, St. Joseph, with the holy Angels and Saints, assist you and us in “renewing the face of the earth.” Then when our work is over, come, Holy Immaculate Mother, and as our Victorious Queen, lead us to the eternal kingdom, where your Son reigns forever as King. Amen.

And a special prayer to Our Lady for that of our country and it’s current needs…

Our Lady of America, Lily of Purity, intercede for our country during the coming elections. Since thou art the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from the Most Holy Trinity a President and other political leaders who will support life, who will change the laws to make abortion in any form illegal, and who will protect the life of each individual at every stage. Our Sweet Mother, intercede for us that our next President will be a man of God who will help the United States become a country of great purity and high morality. A country that will uphold family life and influence other countries throughout the world to love God above all, to serve Him and to live for Him alone. Our Sweet Mother, time and again thou hast given us your gracious assistance and thus we humbly and gratefully acknowledge thee as Queen of America. Intercede for us now, as we beg for the end of abortion in our country and for the uprising of a culture of life. We place our hope and our confidence in thee! Our Lady of America, pray for us and may Our Eternal Father shine His light upon this country and the whole world. Amen.


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