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Alive in the Spirit ... 3/14/2010

Whether or not you were able to participate in some or all of our 4-Paish WPCC retreat this Lent, I hope you are able to find some quiet time for prayer so that you can \be still. and allow the Lord to make his presence known in that stillness so you, in turn, can come to better know God. I use the work "know" here not in the sense of learning facts but as the word is used in Scripture where it means cultivating a deep relationship such as in a marriage where the husband and wife "know" each other. Professor Kelly pointed out that making use of our opportunities for "Adoration" is very helpful for this.
It has been a joy to have the respite from winterfs rigors we enjoyed this past week. It certainly makes it easier to get around. If good travel weather holds out, I have a suggestion. The "Acathist" is an ancient and beautiful prayer to Our Lady something like our Litanies. It consists of a number of poetic meditations and invocations celebrating Maryfs special role in Salvation History. Pope John Paul II encouraged Western Christians to pray this gift from the East.
I do not want to pull people away from Stations of the Cross but

perhaps for one time (if you go regularly) you could experience this special prayer. Actually, I cannot imagine anyone devoted to Our Lady who would not try to experience this at least once in your life, if physically able and you can get transportation and it is available in your area. We are privileged to be the ONLY place in New York State besides Utica (outside New York City) where this is available in a Catholic church celebrated in Greek style in English. So I am inviting you to St. Nicholas, 1492 Spencerport Road (near Elmgrove) in Gates at 7PM this Friday the 19th of March for the singing of the full Acathist prayer in preparation for the Feast of the Annunciation.
I do realize that the 19th is the Feast of St. Joseph which could keep you from the Acathist if you are honoring this great saint on his day. Remember, also, our St. Josephfs table on Sunday, the 21st after noon Mass. I hardly need mention Wednesday's famous Feast, St. Patrick's Day! Monday, St. Louise de Marillac who helped St. Vincent de Paul and co-founded the Daughters of charity is remembered. As I move backward through the week we come to today "Laetare" or Rejoice. Sunday, marking the half way point of Lent. Now it moves fast.
I wish you many continued Blessings and graces during this Holy Season. Let us not forget all those recovering from so many earthquakes around the world. Peace,
Father Fred

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