Special Resource: Easter Season 2020

The Easter Season this Year

The 2020 Easter Season spans the weeks from Easter Sunday on April 12, 2020 to the Feast of Pentecost May 31, 2020. The Sunday accounts from the Gospel of John are filled with wonder and grace, with images and the language of poetry. But, the words of Jesus are heartfelt, strong, and invitations to draw closer to Him, to implore his merciful love, and to follow his commands as faithfully as grace leads us to so do.

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Special Resource: Holy Days April 9-11, 2020

Introduction

Since we all are quarantined, I decided to provide spiritual resources for the Holy Days. I trust the enclosed suggestions and comments will unite us during this communal time of “Christian High Holy Days” at a moment in history when we cannot be physically together to celebrate them. I also hope that anyone consulting these pages and praying with us is well and will stay well during this coronavirus epidemic.

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Special Resource: Growing in our Relationship with God: Take 10

by Andrea Weaver & Laura Fonte

As we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation and Mary’s YES and as we approach the High Holy Days, consider spending 10 minutes in the morning with God. Just as we choose to spend time with a new friend in order to grow the relationship, we must do the same with God. Over time, we are able to develop an intimacy akin to that of a spouse, dear sibling or best friend.

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Special Resource: March 2020~During a Pandemic

(https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-at-brink-of-global-pandemic-5342192f-a486-41e3-acab-fe541a353e1b.html)

Pandemic Quotes

“After all, it really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic.” ~ Margaret Chan

“A united humanity will be able to confront the many troubling problems of the present time: from the menace of terrorism to the humiliating poverty in which millions of human beings live, from the proliferation of weapons to the pandemics and the environmental destruction which threatens the future of our planet.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI

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Resources: March 2020~Lent

(https://ignatiansolidarity.net/lent-2020/)

Lenten Quotes

From Catholic Quotes to Help You During Your Lenten Journey:

“Lent is a time of going very deeply into ourselves… What is it that stands between us and God? Between us and our brothers and sisters? Between us and life, the life of the Spirit? Whatever it is, let us relentlessly tear it out, without a moment’s hesitation.” ~ Catherine Doherty

“God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.” ~ Pope Francis

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Resources: February 2020~Leap Year

(https://www.plymouthyarnmagazine.com/2016/02/29/leap-year-traditions-the-yarn-edition/)

Leap Year Quotes

“Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel or an empty stage.” – Julia Cameron

“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” – Henry Miller

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Resources: January 2020~St. Angela Merici

http://wildolive.blogspot.com/2013/01/calendar-mittens-for-january.html

January Quotes by Amy Welborn in 2020: A Book of Grace-filled Days

“Mary reflected … she prayed about her child – this gift, this mystery.”  (p. 32)

“Belief is believing in God; faith is believing that God believes in you.”  ~ Andre Dubus  (p. 38)

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Resources: December 2019~Christmas

https://www.pinterest.com/marthaveenstrav/goodmorningeveningnight-days/

December Quotes

by Margaret Felice in A Book of Grace-filled Days

“Every decision we make has the potential to prepare us to meet Jesus, however He may come to us.”  (p. 365)

“Jesus told us to build our houses on Him and His words, but He didn’t tell us there was only one way to decorate them.”  (p. 369)

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Resources: November 2019~Universal Children’s Day

November Quotes

by Margaret Felice in A Book of Grace-filled Days

“The universe is like a drop of dew before the Lord.”  (p. 337)

“The strength God gives us is rarely superhero strength – it’s usually more human and thus, more attainable.”  (p. 344)

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Resources: October 2019~International Day for Poverty Eradication

October Quotes

by Margaret Felice in A Book of Grace-filled Days

“The paradox of prayer is that we have to learn how to pray while we can only receive it as a gift.” (p. 308) (Quote from Henri Nouwen in Reaching Out)

“ If you have a deep longing, share it with the One who desires to be your closest friend.” (p. 313)

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