Evangelization

Prayer and Spirituality

Want to know how you can actually grow in holiness that you can see for yourself?  Want to be a Saint?  Ever thought you could even be a Catholic modern-day mystic?  Here’s where you’ll find out how!

What is it?

We will be doing an online video series/live discussion.  You will be able to view the video series in real-time and type in your questions and comments.  A live panel of commentators will engage with you through video to answer your questions and facilitate discussion with all participants.  The videos of the content and discussion will be available to you through a private YouTube video link following the day’s discussion.

When is it?

The series will air at 10 am on Tuesdays beginning October 20 and ending on December 8th.  The videos will remain available to you at any time you would like to view.

How to participate:

  1.  Register here: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
  2. You will receive the “Catholic Mysticism & the Beautiful Life of Grace” workbook in the mail
  3. Provide an email address that you have access to so we may send you the link to the discussions
  4. Go to the live video at 10 am on Tuesdays (live-stream will begin about 5 minutes before 10 am)
  5. Watch the videos again through the YouTube link

See the link and video below for more details!

https://www.nextlevelcatholicacademy.com/Catholic-Mysticism-and-the-Beautiful-Life-of-Grace-Product-Rental-Page

Diocese of Venice
Fall Prayer Campaign for Peace & Conversion in our Country

 

Why?

We will be praying in unison for peace & conversion in our country.  These daily prayers and devotions are designed to help each of us truly encounter Christ and be transformed by His love.  This transformation is that of true holiness.  Each one of us is called to continuously offer ourselves to God, growing in holiness day by day.

The prayer campaign provides the accountability of praying with others.  Sometimes it is difficult to maintain our practices of prayer each and every day.  The design of 54 days is to give you a tangible goal of sticking to the prayer practices every day for this set amount of time.  By participating in this, you will find that your prayer life will noticeably deepen and you will also develop the good habits to continue these kinds of prayer when our time has concluded.

How it Works:

  1. Pray the 54-day Rosary Novena

    -Pray 1 Rosary each day following the order Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, Glorious Mysteries, then repeat (a chart for dates will be provided below).  If you would like to additionally pray the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday, be more than encouraged!
    -The first 3 sets of “novenas” (9 days) will be prayed in petition for peace and conversion in our country, the second set of novenas will be prayed in thanksgiving for the answer to those prayers.  That is 27 days praying in petition followed by 27 days praying in thanksgiving for a grand total of 54 days.
    -The 54-day rosary novena is a powerful novena given by Our Lady for miraculous results.  This is not a mechanical exchange, but rather a means for us to genuinely place our trust in Our Lady in a habitual way with intentionality.
    -It is also very fitting to begin on the Marian Solemnity of the Assumption and end on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary – the climax of our Rosary novena is on the Rosary Feast itself!
    -Remember that this is not transactional!  Our Lady is calling us into a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Make sure you ask her assistance in these prayers and focus on meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary while praying instead of just the words.  Together we can go deeper in our relationships with the Lord!
    -See the leaflet of the Novena here: https://fatima.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LF051_May-2013-web2.pdf

  2. Fast on Fridays

    -Fast on each Friday between August 15th and October 7th
    -Fasting is a time-tested tradition in the Church.  It helps us to have greater discipline over our flesh so that we are then able to give more of our attention to God.
    -The Church gives a prescription for fasting during Lent as the reception of only 1 small meal and 2 snacks which do not add up to that small meal.  But our fasting here is not an obligation from Lent.  Do what you are able to do!  A good practice from the early Church was to fast on only bread and water for the full day.
    -Let’s get as much out of this as we can!  Fasting is not only about suffering and feeling uncomfortable, but about saying that the needs of the soul are greater than the needs of the body.  As we make a sacrifice in our bodies, we can satiate our hunger on the Word of God.
    -“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” -Matthew 4:4
    -For some additional thoughts on fasting, see this article: https://angelusnews.com/faith/why-fasting-the-lost-art-of-denying-yourself/

     

  3. Read 1 Chapter of Scripture each day

    -Begin by reading 1 chapter from the Gospel of Matthew each day starting on Saturday August 15th, you will finish the Gospel on September 11th.
    -On September 12th, begin reading 1 chapter from Acts of the Apostles each day.  You will finish Acts of the Apostles on October 7th.
    -This way, everyone is reading the same chapter of Scripture each day.
    -Everyone will have also read 1 full account of the Gospel followed by how the early Church lived it out.
    -Periodically reflections will be posted on the daily chapter.
    -“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17
    -As Catholics, we are a religion of the Word.  That Word is Jesus Christ Himself who has revealed Himself through Sacred Tradition, both oral (the teachings of the Church) and written (the Sacred Scriptures).  We come to encounter the living God in His written Word.  We have this opportunity to dive deeper into the Bible together!
    -If you have any questions regarding the readings, please contact: evangelization@dioceseofvenice.org

prayer campaign pdf chart

The Office of Evangelization desires to foster an appreciation and practice of the deep spiritual tradition of the Catholic Church.

The Universal Call to Holiness

“‘All Christians . . . are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity’ (LG 40 § 2). ‘Christian perfection has but one limit, that of having none’ (St. Gregory of Nyssa, De vita).” -Catechism of the Catholic Church 2028

“‘God is love, and he who abides in love, abides in God and God in Him’. But, God pours out his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Who has been given to us; thus the first and most necessary gift is love, by which we love God above all things and our neighbor because of God. Indeed, in order that love, as good seed may grow and bring forth fruit in the soul, each one of the faithful must willingly hear the Word of God and accept His Will, and must complete what God has begun by their own actions with the help of God’s grace. These actions consist in the use of the sacraments and in a special way the Eucharist, frequent participation in the sacred action of the Liturgy, application of oneself to prayer, self-abnegation, lively fraternal service and the constant exercise of all the virtues. For charity, as the bond of perfection and the fullness of the law, rules over all the means of attaining holiness and gives life to these same means. It is charity which guides us to our final end. It is the love of God and the love of one’s neighbor which points out the true disciple of Christ.” -Lumen Gentium, 42 § 1

See Chapter V of Lumen Gentium on the Universal Call to Holiness of all Christians:

http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html

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