Virtue Blog March 4
Dear Assumption Catholic Schools,
Our Lenten journey has begun. Let us take time to journey with Jesus on these 40 days as we prepare to celebrate His sacrifice for us on the cross. We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and pray that peace may return to the region.
It is fitting that today, on this first Friday that our virtue is devotion.
“O holy Heart of Jesus, dwell hidden in my heart,
so that I may live only in You and only for You, so
that, in the end, I may live with You eternally in
– St. Claude la Colombiere
This is the sum total of our Catholic faith. We
believe that God made us out of sheer love.
None of us had to exist. We also believe He
became man to die on the Cross out of love for
us. We further believe that He is present in the
Blessed Sacrament with His living Heart of flesh
so that we may come to Him and tell Him how
deeply we love Him.
This week our strength building on the virtue of
JUSTICE is DEVOTION.
The strength to give due honor, worship
and service to God.
Devotion to Jesus and His Sacred Heart is all
about the practice of selfless love toward selfish
It is giving ourselves to persons that do not give
themselves to us.
By loving them, we show something of the kind of
love that God expects of His followers.
Devotion to Jesus and His Sacred Heart is the
solution to the gravest problem in the modern
world today: How can we give ourselves to those
who do not love us, who even positively hate us?
We can love them, with the help of divine grace, by
following the example of Jesus Christ, who died on
the Cross out of love for a sin-laden human race.
Make a visit to Jesus in the
Eucharist one day every week.
Did you know there is an adoration chapel in Wisconsin Rapids?
The Marian Center for Peace of Wisconsin Rapids is a Roman Catholic association of the faithful, which seeks to follow Christ by imitating His mother Mary, in her Fiat, her perfect yes to the will of God, through prayer, study and evangelization. Its purpose is threefold:
- To encourage and promote Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
- To spread the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe through stewardship of her relic image
- To promote devotion to the Divine Mercy
Located in the former convent of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 241 Apricot Street, the Marian Center houses the Mother of America Perpetual Adoration Chapel where Our Eucharistic Lord is continually adored by members of the Wisconsin Rapids community. In the chapel hangs the relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as well as a laser image of the Vilnius Divine Mercy painting. http://www.mariancenterforpeace.org/
“Of all devotions, that of adoring
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is
the greatest, after the Sacraments,
the one dearest to God and the most
helpful to us.”
– St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
Doctor of the Church
LUKE 7: 36-50
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the
Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who
was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house,
brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet,
weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her
hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.
Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this
man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is
who is touching him– that she is a sinner.”
Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
“Teacher,” he replied, “Speak.” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed
five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled
the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon
answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And
Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman,
he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me
no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them
with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not
stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has
anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many,
have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom
little is forgiven, loves little.”
Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” But those who were at the table
with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives
sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
“One single day of devotion is worth more than a
thousand years of worldly life.”
– St.Francis de Sales
“Melancholy is the poison of devotion.
When one is in tribulation,
it is necessary to be more happy
and more joyful because one is nearer to God.”
– St. Clare of Assisi
“If you want to assist at Mass,
with devotion and with fruit,
think of the sorrowful Mother
at the feet of Calvary.”
– St. Padre Pio
“Make frequent visits to Jesus
in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil
will be powerless against you.”
– St. John Bosco
The opposing vice
THE WEAKNESS TO NOT GIVE PROPER HONOR, WORSHIP
AND SERVICE TO GOD.
EXAMPLES OF IMPIETY
Taking our Lord’s Name in vain.
Vandalism or destruction of statues, church property
or other objects dedicated to God, the Blessed
Mother, the Saints and the Church.
Mocking or making fun of God, the Church, and
those within the Church such as Priests and Nuns.
Talking or messing around in Church.
Failing to genuflect or doing it without attention.
Praying in a rushed manner.
Failing to frequent the Sacraments.
Not wearing our “Sunday Best” for Mass.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His Name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of His arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel
for He remembered His promise of mercy,
the promise He made to our fathers,
to Abraham and His children forever.
May the blessings of God be with you all.
In Christ’s Peace
Assumption Catholic Schools