Monsignor Matthew BernelliPastor Emeritus, St. Mary Catholic ChurchBridgeport, Connecticut
For over a decade Monsignor Matthew Bernelli has shared his vision of stewardship with the ICSC family, contributing his wisdom and experience to the Spanish-language track at ICSC conferences. He is Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary Catholic Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he was pastor for 36 years.
Three weekends in our February liturgical calendar will turn our attention to Jesus’ teachings in the Gospel of Matthew explaining what is to be expected of those who choose to follow him. This is the familiar Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:1 – 7:29), the most quoted part of the Bible. Jesus’ sermon begins with messages of comfort, the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12).
Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo
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Thank you for this new day, and another opportunity to give the traditions of Lent genuine meaning in my life.
Help me to be a good steward of this day; to use it wisely to reflect on my words and deeds, review my habits, and correct my faults.
Inspire me to live as Jesus did, to embrace his cross, and live the great paschal mystery in a way that gives hope to others.
Be merciful to me this day. Forgive me my failings and weaknesses. Cultivate in me a humble and repentant heart.
Prepare me for the renewal of my baptismal vows, today and throughout the season of Lent; so that at Easter I may truly rejoice in Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.
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