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"Let, then, the Children of the Church courageously observe the Lenten practices of penance. Peace of conscience is essential to Christian life; and yet it is promised to none but truly penitent souls. Lost innocence is to be regained by the humble confession of the sin... but let the Faithful be on their guard against the dangerous error, which would persuade them that they have nothing to do when once pardoned." 


 "People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it everyday... Pray! Pray a great deal and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell for not having someone to pray and make sacrifices for them." -Our Lady of Fatima, 1917 A.D.


"Almsdeeds comprise all the works of mercy to our neighbour, and are unanimously recommended by the Holy Doctors of the Church, as being the necessary complement of Fasting and Prayer during Lent. God has made it a law, to which he has graciously bound himself,- that charity shown towards our fellow-creatures, with the intention of pleasing our Creator, shall be rewarded as though it were done to Himself. ... 

'The Healing of Tobit" by Bernardo Strozzi, c. 1635


Let us remember the counsel given by the Archangel Raphael to Tobias. He was on the point of taking leave of this holy family, and returning to heaven; and these were his words: Prayer is good with fasting and alms, more than to lay up treasures of gold: for alms delivereth from death, and the same is that which purgeth away sins, and maketh to find mercy and life everlasting." (1.) 


"...a victim to every humiliation, and suffering"


"But now that this Son of the Eternal God has entered the path of penance; now that we are about to see him a victim to every humiliation, and suffering even a death upon a Cross;- the Church does not spare us; she rouses us from our ignorance and our self-satisfaction. She bids us strike our breasts, have compunction in our souls, mortify our bodies because,- we are sinners. Our whole life ought to be one of penance; fervent souls are ever doing penance; could anything be more just or necessary, than that we should do some penance during these days, when our Jesus is fasting in the desert, and is to die on Calvary?" 


(1.) Tob. xii. 8, 9. 

(Source: "The Liturgical Year: Lent", By The Very Rev. Dom Prosper Guéranger,
Abbot of Solesmes, Chapter 3 "Practice During Lent", pp. 37-38, 39, 42, 1870 A.D.)


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Apr. 9, 2022