Saint Casimir Parish
Saint Casimir Parish
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS
Lent the Church will share the Gospel message of love with those who live in
material, moral, or spiritual poverty.
That we see
the presence of Jesus in all circumstances and situations of life.
preparing to enter the Church at Easter will find in the Creed of the Church
the sustenance to live a holy life.
honor the Ten Commandments as God’s gift pointing us toward a life truly
free and fulfilling.
That God bless Father Bacevice and the Pastoral and Finance
Councils in their efforts to secure
the future of St. Casimir Parish
That all parishioners recognize their responsibility to St.
Casimir Parish’s future through financial support, commitment to parish
activities, sharing ideas, and most importantly prayer.
That God will be close to the poor, the sick, the grieving,
the lonely and those facing serious problems.
That we be truly loving in our thoughts, words, and deeds.
That those who pray be validated in their belief of its power.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?
Thoughts of Love
REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE DUST
Lenten reflection #1
Recently in England, Ash Wednesday was declared “National No Smoking Day.” Giving up smoking is about penance and self-denial and something to do with ash, therefore Ash Wednesday seems an obvious day to choose. “Give up smoking and save your life.” When people give things up, when they diet or go on an exercise plan, it can be because they want to feel better. They want to fashion a different self-image. At the end of the process, they can say “this is the new me. Look what I have made.” We gain a certain satisfaction in self-mastery, but Christian self-denial is not about that. The Gospels warn us against pride and the piety of achievement. We are not our own creations.
In earlier centuries, Lent was seen as time to consider judgment and to realize in intense penitence how our sins brought Christ to the cross. Its character as a pilgrimage of return to the baptismal font was obscured. Self-denial was seen as an essential component in the fashioning of the new penitent “me,” one who is worthy of heaven. Today during Lent, Catholics deliberately cast a cold eye on death, reminding themselves that all of this beauty will pass. It will come to an end, unravel, fragment, and disintegrate into dust. When we daub ourselves with ashes we state that this is what we are without God, dust, like Adam before he was Adam. Renewing our sense of who we really are before God is the core of the Lenten experience.
Allan James White, O.P.
(formerly Prior Provincial of the English Province of the Order of Preachers,
currently Vice Principal of St. Mary’s School and priest in residence at St. Mary’s Parish, El Centro, California)
Source: MAGNIFICAT, January, 2015, p. 272