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March 5, 2014

Lent begins. Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, gives the Ash Wednesday homily at Our Lady of Mercy Oratory in Stockbridge, Mass.



Gospel
Mt 6:24-34

Jesus said to His disciples:
"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.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?'
or 'What are we to drink?'or 'What are we to wear?'
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil."

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Fr. Mike - Mar 5, 2014

Always inspiring to listen to you. God bless.

Vivian Wilborg (Sacred Heart in Greenville NH)

Patty - Mar 6, 2014

Thank you for reminding us that we can do the consecration to Mary for Divine Mercy Sunday. I started reading through the Louis de Montfort consecration a couple of days ago. It is so beautiful. I will officially start March 25. Asking Mother Mary to accompany us during Lent reminds me that I am not alone. She suffered too with our Lord. We can find comfort and peace in the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus. I'm in the Confraternity of consolers. Lent reminds me that I can console mother Mary too.

thank you God bless