My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Judas and Kerry

It seems to be the challenging question that most pro-Kerry-receiving-the-Eucharist folks like to throw up during a debate - and I've even heard Sean Hannity ask it on his radio show: Why are bishops denying Communion to these people when even Our Lord did not deny bread to Judas, whom he knew was His betrayer?

I guess those of us who support Bishop Burke et al are supposed to quake in our shoes over that one.

A careful viewing of the scriptures however prove this question to be the red herring that it really is.

For starters, once Judas has betrayed our Lord, as in willfully, with full knowledge and with free will, he never receives the Eucharist from our Lord or anyone else ever again. Indeed Judas' willful and public betrayal of Jesus ultimately ends in his own demise.

There is absolutely no parallel with John Kerry and the other politicians. They are not contemplating a public betrayal of their faith, they have already loudly and proudly betrayed it. But like Judas, unworthy reception will eventually lead to their spiritual demise.

Secondly, if we look at John Chapter 6, when our Lord gives the full teaching on His true presence in the Eucharist, many reject the teaching as being too hard. Note that our Lord does not call them back. He lets them leave, again with free will. He didn't change the teaching to make it easier, He didn't tell them to receive even if they didn't believe - He let them go/

The Pro-Life, Pro Eucharist Bishops call these politicians to the truth, not the watered down version.

Looking forward to getting this question in real life sometime!

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