This weekend we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Lent. Hopefully you have “found a rhythm” and are living the spirit of the Lenten Season.
This is a good time to be introspective. It is said that you have to love yourself before you can love others. The flight attendants tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting your child or companion. This is against our basic instincts. I know I would lay my life down for my children. But, when thinking clearly, I know I would be of no use to them if I passed out from oxygen deprivation! Right?
So, your spiritual life is very similar. We need to examine who we are before we can be an example for others.
What are our spiritual goals? Are you actively doing what you can to live your life as the Best Version of Yourself? Have you considered that REALLY & TRULY, everything you have and everything you are is a Gift from God. God made you unique and gave you gifts that, combined with your uniqueness, can benefit yourself and others in a special way.
Are you proud to be a Catholic? Are you willing to talk about your faith with others? Are you willing to articulate what is special about the Catholic church that you can’t find in other churches?
Do you receive the Sacraments on a regular basis? Have you prepared yourself beforehand?
When you prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, do you do a thorough Examination of Conscience? Do you think about why you continue to commit the same sins every time?
Do you make a sacrificial offering each week to support the needs of your parish and the greater church? Have you considered giving a Designated Gift to a parish ministries, i.e. Feed My People, Stewardship, Faith Formation?
Do you listen to Catholic radio? Do you watch faith-based movies? Attend Bible Study, Adult Faith Formation series, Soup & Scripture?
With the weeks remaining in Lent, I encourage you to continue to review the steps you can take to Get to Know Yourself better as a Child of God.
COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICES (with Private Confessions) in Neighboring Parishes
Tuesday, March 13 @ 7:00 p.m. at Nativity, Rancho Santa Fe
Friday, March 16 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea, O’side
Tuesday, March 20 @ 12 noon at St. Francis, Vista
Tuesday, March 20 @ 6:30 p.m. in English, Spanish, Vietnamese at St. Francis, Vista
Wednesday, March 21 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, Carlsbad
Thursday, March 22 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. James, Solana Beach
Friday, March 23 @ 6:30 p.m. in Spanish at St. Mark, San Marcos
Monday, March 26 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark, San Marcos
Tuesday, March 27 @ 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter, Fallbrook
Our parish will continue to hear private confessions every Saturday during Lent, beginning at 8:00 a.m.