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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for March 11, 2018

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Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori
Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori

Our Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori recently wrote an article which was published in the Colombia Online. In the article he “encouraged everyone to attend and participate in the liturgies of Holy Week.  He mentioned four steps that we can all take to grow in appreciation of the liturgy.

“First, spend time every day being recollected in prayer.  Take time to let the Lord speak to your heart and shed his light on the events of your life, your relationships, your struggles with sin and weaknesses, and your opportunities to love others or grow in virtue.  Being with the Lord, allowing his heart to speak to our hearts in love, makes us long to know and love him more deeply.  It prepares us to share in the liturgy more actively and, in turn, liturgical prayer enriches our personal life of prayer.

Second, be sure to make regular use of the sacrament of reconciliation.  This sacrament, in which our sins are forgiven, is like a cleansing of the spiritual palate.  It rids us of the bad taste left by the “junk food” of sin and distracted living while preparing us for the good things the Lord has in store for us.

Third, engage in lectio divina (divine or spiritual reading).  Think of how much more we would appreciate the liturgy if, in advance, we were to prayerfully read and reflect upon the Scripture readings and prayers to be proclaimed at Mass.  If we took a little time to do this, we would arrive at Mass ready to listen and better prepared to take part in the liturgy.

Fourth, why not dedicate some time to read and study what the Catechism of the Catholic Church or the shorter Compendium teaches about the liturgy and the sacraments? The Catechism draws its teaching from the Second Vatican Council and other sources in the Tradition.  Its teaching is reliable, profound and beautiful.

All of this brings us back to Lent and Holy Week.  This is preeminently the time for us to raise the bar of our life of prayer.  As Holy Week approaches, may we truly ‘taste and see the goodness of the Lord!’”

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