Marian Helper Spring 2023

Marian Helper • Spring 2023 • 11 Why not make this your best Lent ever? To do that, maybe it’s time to try something new that will deepen your faith and be a catalyst for growth in holiness. Personally, my most memorable and transformative Lents have been the ones in which I have spent time each day reading holy material as part of my Lenten practice. Through readings such as these, I have been able to see Christ’s humanity and, likewise, His divinity in more profound ways. I have deepened my love for the Church and Holy Mother Mary and grown in knowledge and appreciation of His holy apostles. Devotional This Lent, Marian Press presents a new devotional booklet, Journey to Mercy. This differs from other Lenten devotionals. It begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, and takes Mercy are included. There is a handy Examination of Conscience to read before bed each night or to utilize before the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Also provided is St. Faustin a’s Way of the Cross for additional meditative reading. Three Pillars It is important as well to participate in the three pillars of Lent: praye r, fasting, and almsgiving. These are the practices recommende d to us by the Church. As Christians, we should engage daily inprayer with our Lord. During Lent, howeve r, many choose to add some additional prayers such as attending dailyMass, and praying the Rosary and theDivineMercy Chaplet. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence for all in good health ages 18-59, while all Fridays are days of abstinence from meat for all those in good health ages 14 and above. Fasting from some things we love, and offering these up in prayer, benefits ourselves and/or others. Whether it is fasting from food, social media, television, alcoholic beverages, or anything else we find hard to place on the “altar of sacrifice,” we grow stronger in our commitment and obedience to God through self-denial. We are also reminded to remember those less fortunate than us, particularly during Lent, by the giving of alms or by donating our time to charitable causes. This reminds us of our Lord’s Passion and His total gift of Self for the forgiveness of our sins. This Lent, I invite you to not only engage in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, but to add some holy reading to your routine. Emerge from Holy Week having been nourished by God’s Word and more in love with Christ. Journey to Mercy can provide you with a most efficacious way of journeying through Lent to Easter and on to the glorious Feast of Divine Mercy! By Kimberly Bruce Embark on a ‘Journey to Mercy’ To order Journey to Mercy (Product code: B57-LD23), visit or call one through Lent, Holy Week, an d 1-800-462-7426. Easter Sunday but continues through the Octave of Easter to Divine Mercy Sunda y, April 16. Each daily one-page entry cites the Mass readings for the day along with corresponding references from St. Faustin a’s Diary. A meditation for the day follows, based upon the Scripture readings. Keep Journey to Mercy by your bedside and read it the moment youwake up in themorning. Or choose to read the day’s reflection just before bed. If you attend dailyMass—an excellent practice during Lent! —spend a fewminutes read - ing it beforeMass begins. It will dovetail perfectlywith the Mass, helping you to see the Scriptures in a newwa y. Keep a copy of St. Faustin a’s Diary handy, too, so you can read the referenced passages for an evendeeper dailywalkwithChrist. Whichever way you choose to read Journey toMercy , youwill find yourself immersed in the day ’s Gospel narrative. Journey to Mercy offers additional prayer material at the end of the booklet to enhance your Lenten experience. Both the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Novena to Divine New from Marian Press