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Saying YES to God...

When I was a kid, I always gave up candy for Lent. It was really hard for me since I have a pretty big sweet tooth. But because of those times that I actually stuck to my resolution during the whole season, I enjoyed that Easter Sunday candy more than ever!

Now, as an adult, I’ve tried to broaden my understanding of Lent and see it more than just a time to give something up. Giving things up can still be very beneficial, but doing something new is another way of making this Lenten season have special meaning. Like doing something special for a neighbor or friend just because… or finding a charity to give of your time. These are ways of looking outside ourselves and attempting to live out our faith the way Jesus did.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)

Jesus taught us to be a missionary people, to go out and do charitable works. But it doesn’t always mean we have to travel to foreign lands to be a missionary. There are lots of examples, especially of religious people going to foreign lands and doing great things for Christianity. But there are also examples of missionaries here in the US if we know where to look.

When it comes to being a missionary, it’s all about saying, “yes” when God asks you to go.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."