St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

On the last Monday of June, I discovered I couldn’t find my credit card. A feeling a panic set in. I searched everywhere in the rectory, opening every drawer, not once but multiple times. I looked underneath cushions, checked my jacket pockets, and even dove through the waste baskets and sorted the laundry. All to no avail.

 I then decided to check at every store I had recently frequented to ask if perchance I had left it there. After visiting a number of them, still no sign of the card. Panic increased. Finally in an act of desperation, I checked under the front seat of the car. And there it was! I was overjoyed! I wanted to jump for joy and celebrate.

That episode of lost and found brought home to me the message of today’s Gospel.

If I could be so thrilled and joyful by finding a lost piece of plastic that could have been replaced, how much more should God rejoice in a unique person coming back with a heart that has been bruised, battered or broken by sinful choices he or she has made, or has become harsh and hard through arrogance, or has become unfeeling and cold, losing the capacity of compassion and mercy through a concentration on self and selfish ends.

God and heaven rejoices.

So should we.

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, 16

LENT: Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
FASTING means to refrain from eating food between meals and to eat only one full meal with the other two being lighter meals. It is required of those who are age 18 to 59. Liquids are permitted between meals.
ABSTINENCE means to refrain from eating meat. It is required of those 14 years of age and older.

DO YOU PLAN TO FAST THIS LENTEN SEASON?

When pondering what to give up this year, consider Pope Francis’ suggestions to observe this Lent:

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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