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1st Sunday of Lent, 2017


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Under one dominion or the other
St. Mary's Parish, Ottawa, Canada
March 5, 2017

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1st Sunday of Lent, 2017

  1. 1. Under one dominion or the other 1ST SUNDAY IN LENT MARCH 5, 2017 ST. MARY’S, OTTAWA
  2. 2. Joking about Lent
  3. 3. The first dominion Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” (Mt 4:8–9)
  4. 4. Restoring God’s dominion Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” (Mt 4:10)
  5. 5. The Church in the Modern World, 37 The whole of man’s history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day.
  6. 6. The Church in the Modern World, 37 Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God’s grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity.
  7. 7. Choosing God’s dominion Signs that God has dominion over my life Fasting Almsgiving Prayer
  8. 8. You Know You’re Not Experiencing Loving Union When You . . . • Can’t shake the pressure that you feel from having too much to do and too little time • Are always rushing • Routinely fire off quick opinions and judgments • Are often fearful about the future • Are overly concerned with what others think
  9. 9. You Know You’re Not Experiencing Loving Union When You . . . • Are defensive and easily offended • Are routinely preoccupied and distracted • Consistently ignore the stress, anxiety and tightness of your body • Feel unenthusiastic or threatened by the success of others • Routinely spend more time talking than listening