St. Agnes Lenten Reflections . . . in the midst of my suffering . . . Salvation.
We all experience suffering in some way; many suffer greatly. When the blow of hardship, loss, trouble, separation, illness, temptation, emotional distress, or death strike, they often feel unbearable. The world, however, is unable to adequately explain the mystery of the human experience of suffering. It is only in Christ that one can find meaning to human suffering. Through the passion of our Redeemer and the witness of the saints, we know that suffering has meaning. The saints accepted suffering because they were motivated by love and by a desire to join Christ in redemptive suffering.
This Lent, St. Agnes Church, will host weekly Lenten Reflections “. . . in the midst of my suffering . . . Salvation”. By reflecting each week during Lent on a different saintly example of suffering, we hope to gain a greater understanding of the Christian meaning of human suffering, be encouraged and find hope and meaning in our own pain and suffering, and be inspired to a more fruitful Lenten Journey by actively and intentionally offering our own suffering in union with Christ’s passion.
St. Agnes Lenten Reflections will be presented each Wednesday at 6:15 pm (immediately following the Chaplet) by a different guest presenter; Confession will be offered at 5:00 pm, Mass at 5:30 pm, with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy sung immediately following Mass.
· Feb. 21st – “Introduction to St. Agnes Lenten Reflections, ‘. . . in the midst of my suffering . . . Salvation’” presented by Rev. Miles D. Walsh, Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
· Feb. 28th – “Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, Capuchin friar, stigmatist and mystic, in the midst of Suffering” presented by Msgr. Robert H. Berggreen, Pastor, St. Mary of False River.
· Mar. 7th – “Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa of Portugal, mystic, victim soul and ‘fourth seer of Fatima’, in the midst of Suffering” presented by Rev. Michael J. Russo, Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lafayette.
· Mar. 14th – “Job, Blameless and Upright, in the midst of Suffering” presented by Stephen J. Binz, Catholic biblical scholar, speaker, award-winning author.
· Mar. 21st – “St. Teresa of Calcutta, in the midst of Suffering” presented by Rev. Michael H. Champagne, Community of Jesus Crucified – Priest, Brother and Sister Servants, Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center, St. Martinville.
· Mar. 28th – “Jesus, Our Redeemer, at Gethsemane, in the midst of Suffering” presented by Rev. Ryan P. Hallford, Parochial Vicar, Holy Family Church, Port Allen.
During Lent, we will be invited to write a confidential letter to Jesus describing our own personal suffering and offering it in union with Jesus’ Passion for our own intentions, for the conversion of sinners, for the Church, for the pope, bishops, priests and religious, and for vocations. We will be invited to deposit our confidential, sealed letter to Jesus in a locked chest placed at the altar of St. Agnes Church; our letters will remain unopened and will be burned during Holy Week.
Please pray and offer sacrifice for the spiritual success of the Lenten Reflections and for our presenters. Also, please encourage family, friends, co-workers, and ‘all who are weary and find life burdensome’, to attend. Additional information is available on our website at www.StAgnesBR.com