THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK February 26-March 4, 2017


Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF



This Sunday is already preparing us for the season of Lent, which commences this Wednesday with the liturgy of ashes.  In Matthew 6:24 Jesus tells us that “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.”  Lent is time for us to examine our lives as to whom we serve – God, money, power, position, opinions, possessions, the body, etc.  When we have pinpointed the “mammon” in our lives, Lent asks us to determine our plan of action and how we will accomplish it.  This can also be done as a family.  In fact, it is a good practice for a family to sit down occasionally to assess how they are living as Christians. This practice is much harder, than giving up candy or TV.  Of course, perhaps the hardest is minimizing the use of the cell phone, which perhaps has become “mammon” itself.


In the Ash Wednesday reading of Matthew 6: 1-6; 16-18 the intention or motives behind religious deeds of prayer, fasting and charity is of utmost importance. In fact, Scripture even says they should be done in secret. (Ask yourself why?) The saying of the Our Father… is an excellent prayer to intensive in Lent. It has all the elements that we need: praise of God, submission to God’s will, calling for the kingdom to come, fulfillment of our needs, right relationships, forgiveness and mercy. What more can we ask? 


As a young woman St. Katherine Drexel was touched by the plight of the American Indian and African Americans in the late nineteen century.  She was born in Philadelphia, PA to a very wealthy family. When she inherited the vast fortune of her family, she dedicated it to missionary work.  In 1899 she gathered a group of women who had the same ideals as she did.  Thus, she founded the Blessed Sacrament Sisters who service the two races.  She established many schools, care centers and other services for these people. She is credited with the advancement and care of many African and Indian Americans.

May the grace of God follow you on your Lenten journey,

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF


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