Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus,
In less than a week, Ash Wednesday shall be upon us, opening the door to the Holy Season of Lent. During this liturgical time frame, thousands of believers throughout the world shall prepare themselves to be adopted as our new brothers and sisters in Christ. They shall all join the Catholic Church, the Body of Christ, through the Sacrament of Baptism. Let us pray for these souls, that the Holy Spirit shall richly guide them during their spiritual journey.
For those who are not aware of this fact, Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance. It is a day when we should be contemplating on our transgressions against the Lord, the Church, and all the members of mankind.
Following Ash Wednesday, we will enter the Lenten Season that will last for forty days. Those 40 days represent the time that Jesus spent in the desert, where, according to the Holy Bible, He endured temptation by Satan. During that period, Catholics will be called to continue to fast, to pray, to practice self-denial and to do almsgiving. This practice is to continue until the celebration of the glorious Resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
The website of the Catholic Doors Ministry has many wonderful spiritual tools to help Catholics grow in their faith. I pray that some of these tools will be beneficial to you.
In the love of the Lord God,
Catholic Doors Ministry
P.O. Box 7615
S7K 4R4, Canada
January 30, 2008
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (F.A.Q.)
During January, I added the answer to two Frequently Asked Questions on the Catholic faith. The two subjects are: 1. Raising A Catholic Child. 2. Behaviour At Holy Mass. To review the answer to one or both subjects, please visit: http://www.catholicdoors.com/faq/qu117.htm and http://www.catholicdoors.com/faq/qu118.htm (Saint Padre Pio's answer).____________________________
As of today, the Catholic Doors Ministry website offers access to all the Sunday and Holy Days homilies for February and March, 2008. They are: February 02, 2008; Presentation of the Lord, February 03, 2008; 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 06, 2008; Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2008; 1 st Sunday of Lent, February 11, 2008; Our Lady of Lourdes, February 17, 2008; 2nd Sunday of Lent, February 24, 2008; 3 rd Sunday of Lent (1 st Scrutiny), March 02, 2008; 4 th Sunday of Lent (2 nd Scrutiny), March 09, 2008; 5 th Sunday of Lent (3 rd Scrutiny), March 15, 2008; St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary, March 16, 2008; Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday), March 20, 2008; Holy Thursday (Mass of Chrism), March 21, 2008; Good Friday (Evening Mass Of The Lord's Supper), March 21, 2008; Good Friday (Celebration Of The Lord's Passion), March 22, 2008; Easter Vigil, March 23, 2008; Easter Sunday, and March 30, 2008; 2nd Sunday Of Easter. All the above can be viewed at: http://www.catholicdoors.com/homilies/index.htm The archive of all the homilies dating back to 1999 are found at: http://www.catholicdoors.com/homilies/archives.htm____________________________
The 5 remaining monthly Liturgical Calendar for year 2008 are now found on the website. They are: Liturgical Month of November, 2008, Liturgical Month of October, 2008, Liturgical Month of September, 2008, Liturgical Month of August, 2008, and Liturgical Month of July, 2008. You may view all the completed months at: http://www.catholicdoors.com/liturgy/index.htm____________________________
TODAY'S (unofficial) MARTYRS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Throughout the year, we hear of priests, brothers, sisters, and lay misssionaries who are murdered for their faith. The Vatican recognizes the following numbers for each year: 21 during 2007, 23 during 2006, 24 during 2005, 15 during 2004, and 35 during 2003. Their names and the circumstances related to their murders can be found at: http://www.catholicdoors.com/new/martyrs.htm____________________________
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