Dear Families and Friends of St. Luke’s,
We as a Parish, and now as a Diocese, have entered this time of prayer and fasting, and I’d like to share with you an experience I had the other evening. As I was saying my evening prayers, I felt the consolation of Christ come, and a little voice said to me “the whole parish is praying!” I was very uplifted by knowing that so many people have engaged this penitential season. Truly, prayer can move mountains!
We’ve had a number of people express their support for this time of reflection, prayer, and penance. There has been a “spiritual alert” sent out to the whole body of Christ, and the Church is praying! More parishes, more dioceses, and more people throughout the world are answering the interior call that the Lord has issued.
We are planning on finishing St. Michael’s Lent in a strong way here at St. Luke’s. We are opening up adoration from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. all the Friday’s of September, with benediction ending the evening. We need help with this, though, and will be sending out a signup genius with the new times so that we can make sure all the hours are covered.
We’ve also added adoration before the 6 p.m. Mass (from 4:30-5:30).
We’ve expanded our confession times: Saturdays from 9-10 am, and again from 3:30-4:00 p.m. Sundays from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursdays from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Now is a time to engage our religion more deeply, seeking to rid ourselves of all that holds us back from God.
In Hosea 11:4, the Lord speaks to his people through the prophet saying, “I led them with cords of compassion, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one, who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them.”
The word Religion comes from the Latin word ligio, which means “to bind”. The cords of love the Lord talks about are religion, and by engaging our religion we are accepting the bonds of love the Lord has for us.
Contrast that with the people of Psalm 2:3- "Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us." The end of those who cast off the bonds of love God has given us is not a happy one. Let us pray then to be drawn by the cords of love the Lord has given us, and let us finish this Lenten fast so that through our prayers our beloved religion may flourish in our world today.
St. Michael the Archangel, Defend us in Battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray. And do thou, oh prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast in to hell Satan and all the evil Spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.