Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Happy "Year of the Priest"! Lent will begin on February 17th, just about two weeks away. We have so much to be thankful! Let us thank God for our Church and our priests. Without the sacrifice of our priests, we would not have the Eucharist and the Sacraments. Thank You, Jesus, for them!
We are also so thankful for you. We thank God that you are reading this booklet right now. God is asking all of us to use this Lent as a special opportunity to grow in holiness, to become closer to Him. For it is through sacrifice that we achieve goals. Reflect on what athletes, students, and soldiers sacrifice to achieve their goals (see 1 Tm 2:4-5; 1 Cor 9:25). Whether your goal is physical, mental, or spiritual, it will take sacrifice to achieve it; therefore, offer your bodies to God as a living sacrifice (see Rm 12:1). Jesus sacrificed His life to save us from our sins. Our holy priests sacrifice their lives so we can have the Eucharist. We need to sacrifice our lives to God to grow in holiness. Have you given your live to God?
We pray that you will want to be holy more than to live! We also pray that you will use this Lent wisely: to imitate Jesus in fasting for forty days, to repent, to do penance, to become closer to God than ever before in your life, and to truly be free! Now that is our real goal in life!
We (at Presentation Ministries) thank you for your prayers and the sacrifices you make by donating your money and your time to help this ministry of God's word. We ask you to continue to share these booklets with others in your parishes, with those in hospitals, nursing home, doctors offices, airports, or wherever Jesus leads you. Please continue to pray for us and help us!
We need your support in completing our Discipleship Retreat Center. Eventually this will be the home of our Guadalupe Bible College. Any gift will help. May God bless you abundantly with holiness!
Your brothers in Jesus,
Deacon George Schmidl, Jerry Cappel, and Mark Schuermann
(Directors of Presentation Ministries)
February 1, 2010