Wednesday, March 01, 2006
"Mummy, tan I watch a mooie? Peeeeease?"
I looked sternly at her and pointed the mountains of videos strewn about the floor, decorating about three feet of space in a semi circle around the small tv in the corner of my room. I had been stubbing my toes on them as I tread cautiously about the bed.
"What about THOSE, Emma Louise?" I demanded.
To which she replied in a most adorable and sweet voice, as she sank to her kness on my bed;
"Oh Mummy! Tan you EVER fortive me?" She clasped her hands and stared at me.
Smothering a smile, I said;
"Well, maybe if you pick up all of those movies."
Her eyes opened wide and she asked;
"Oh, but whyeeee?"
Clearly while the child does not need acting lessons, she could use some instruction on what it means to ask for forgiveness. And no, she did not get to watch any movies until the videos were cleaned up. Read more!
What more can I say - except please pray for this young family from Australia. May GOD be with them. Mother Mary, place your mantle of love and protection over them in this time of need and healing. Read more!
|1||"Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.|
|2||"Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.|
|3||But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,|
|4||so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.|
|5||"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.|
|6||But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.|
|16||"And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.|
|17||But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,|
|18||that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.|
The Rules of Fasting:
Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.
Fasting as explained by the U.S. bishops means partaking of only one full meal. Some food (not equaling another full meal) is permitted at breakfast and around midday or in the evening—depending on when a person chooses to eat the main or full meal.
Abstinence forbids the use of meat, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat. For further explanation click here.