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March 5, 2014  

(Ecc 3:1-7) All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather. A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.

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VATICAN: Pope's Lenten Message 2014 focuses on poverty, sacrifice

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT:  Three simple questions on the threshold of Lent

CATHOLIC WORLD REPORT:  Make Your Lent Beautiful with Lent at Ephesus

INTEGRATED CATHOLIC:  Why do Catholics Practice Fast and Abstinence?

MEDITATION: Thoughts by St Theophan (1815-1894)

[Rom. 14:19–23, 16:25–27; Matt. 6:1–13. For the Fathers — Gal. 5:22–6:2; Matt. 11:27–30]

They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts (Gal. 5:24). Nowadays, this order of things has been perverted: people crucify the flesh, but not together with the affections and lusts — rather by means of affections and lusts. How people now torture their bodies with overeating, drunkenness, lustful deeds, dancing and merry-making! The most heartless master does not torture his lazy animal this way. If we were to give our flesh freedom and reason, its first voice would be against its mistress — the soul; it would say that the soul has unlawfully interfered in the flesh's affairs, brought passions alien to it, and tortures it by carrying these passions out in the flesh.

Our body's needs are essentially simple and passionless. Look at the animals: they do not overeat, they do not sleep in excess, and having satisfied their fleshly needs at the given time, they remain calm for the entire year. Only the soul, which has forgotten its better inclinations, has by its intemperance developed out of the body's basic needs a multitude of unnatural inclinations, which are unnatural for the body as well. It is necessary to crucify the flesh in every possible way, in order to cut the fleshly passions off from the soul which the latter has grafted onto itself. This can be done only in the reverse — that is, by not giving it enough of what is necessary, or by meeting its needs to a far lesser degree than what its nature demands.

REFLECTION: The Struggle to Will-the-One-Thing

LENTEN READING: The Signs of the Times the New Ark and the Coming Kingdom of the Divine Will

LENTEN SABBATICAL

The TRIB TIMES will not be updated again this year during the Lenten season, extending to the first week after Easter.  My computer time will be limited to 30 minutes each morning and evening during Lent. I will read all emails I receive, and will answer all that I can, time permitting.  I may also occasionally email non-reformatted news articles to Trib Times subscribers that I find to be of particular interest. But barring a major event (admittedly not unlikely these days), the Trib Times web page itself will not be updated. 

I apologize to all who have recently subscribed but will keep your email information for use after my return.  God willing, the next issue of the Trib Times should be shortly after Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013.  Please keep me in your prayers, and be assured that I will do the same.

I recommend the following links to keep up with unfolding events:

Catholic News
http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/headlines.asp
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/
http://www.catholictide.com/

Signs of the Times
http://www.spiritdaily.com/
http://www.lifesite.net/
http://www.lifenews.com/

Readings & Meditations for Lent & Holy Week
http://www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/index.html
http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/lent.htm
http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/season/

Catholic Commentary
Courageous Priest
Statements of Archbishop Chaput
Crisis Magazine
Aleteia

Newer subscribers may also be interested in a meditation that first appeared in the Trib Times in 2004, The Pain of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Fortitude

23. A hermit said 'We do not make progress because we do not realize how much we can do.  We lose interest in the work we have begun, and we want to be good without even trying.
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