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The Roman Catholic Parishes of St. Joseph's (Allumette Island), St. Alphonsus (Chapeau) and St. Paul the Hermit (Sheenboro) of the Diocese of Pembroke.

Parish Bulletin – Divine Mercy Sunday – 11 April 2021

Parish Bulletin – Divine Mercy Sunday – 11 April 2021

Masses for the Week of 13 April to 18 April

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM             Marian McGuire Rochon – Eulalia Ryan & Family

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             Iona Morris – Gene & Eddie O’Brien

THURSDAY:             10 AM             Wilietta Gaudette – John & Evelyn Dunn

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Stan Bresseau – Glen Keogh

LIVE MASSES:

SATURDAY:               5 PM (SH)    Iona Morris – Wayne & Lynne Anne Storms

SUNDAY:                    9 AM (SJ)     Ian Picard – His Parents

                               10:30 AM (CH)   Jerome Sallafranque – Helen & Larry Perry

                                                            Gordon Conroy – Norma Duggan

All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.

** Includes public recitation of the Rosary

*** Includes public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Collections:  Sheenboro:  $1105.00  St. Joseph’s:  $1552.00   Chapeau:  $2137.00

Thank You!

NOTE: Due to the COVID restrictions we are once again limited to only 25 people at any Mass or service. Please call the parish office to reserve a place at the Mass of your choice. Please also note that while we will be covering the phones, the offices are officially closed to the public until we are removed from the Red Zone. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this is something that is not within our control at this time.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) St. Alphonsus CWL News: Thank you to all CWL members who have already send in their membership ($20). We would appreciate receiving others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can be sent in at one time.

2) I extend my thanks and appreciation to Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick (Sheenboro) and Fr. Ryan Holly (St. Joseph’s and Chapeau) for stepping up to cover this weekend’s Masses on my behalf. Out of an abundance of caution, I have been asked to isolate myself because of contact I had with a potential COVID case. My exposure is 2nd hand (meaning I was with someone who was exposed to someone else who has tested positive) and the odds of my having contracted the virus are minimal. But just to be safe, it has been recommended that I stay isolated until the person I met gets their (hopefully negative) test results back at the beginning of this coming week. These are not the times to take unnecessary risks and I want to ensure that I do not pass along the virus in the very unlikely chance that I have contracted it. I am very grateful for Fr. Tom & Fr. Ryan stepping in at a moments notice to help us out so that it wasn’t necessary to cancel any weekend Masses.

3) Job Offer: Sortir du bois is looking for people (18-45) interested in a 24-week paid work experience that leads to reintegration in the labour market. 819-648-5065 Come and try it out!

4) I want to express my thanks and appreciation to those who helped to make our Easter celebrations a little special during these difficult pandemic times. Special thanks to Louis Schryer, Chantal Lair, and Helene Chartand for the gift of their fiddle music in St. Joseph’s as well as to Cindy Wheeler who played the organ at both the Sheenboro and Chapeau Masses in accompaniment to Jeannie Gleason-Lebel and Pauline Lepine-Godin who sang. Thank you one and all for sharing your musical talents!

Scripture Reflection:

Opening Prayer: Lord, thank you for Sister Faustina, your messenger of Divine Mercy. May I be enriched by your word as I reflect in this Easter season on your Resurrection.

Encountering Christ:

Gift-Bearing: The resurrected Jesus greeted his disciples, who were hiding away for fear of the Jews, with a manifold array of spiritual gifts. First, he imparted his peace—twice. The peace of God surpasses all human understanding (Philippians 4:7), and how relieved and joyful they must have felt as recipients of this heavenly peace in the midst of their fear. Next, Jesus commissioned them: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” They were to become his emissaries and would be given all the grace they would need for their mission’s completion. Finally, he gave them the power to forgive sin. This extraordinary power is reserved for Christ’s priests. “The apostles and their successors carry out this “ministry of reconciliation,” not only by announcing to men God’s forgiveness merited for us by Christ, and calling them to conversion and faith; but also by communicating to them the forgiveness of sins in baptism, and reconciling them with God and with the Church through the power of the keys, received from Christ” (CCC 981). What an illustration of Our Lord’s superabundant grace! May each of us recognize his visitations and gifts in our life!

Thomas versus Faustina: St. Thomas’s reputation often suffers when this Scripture is read because he doubted that Jesus would rise from the dead, despite Jesus predicting at least three times that it would happen. How could he have doubted, having ministered alongside Jesus so intimately as one of the Twelve? In truth, all great saints–all of us humans–have our doubts from time to time. Sister Faustina, who revealed Christ’s Divine Mercy to the world, doubted. “Although the temptations are strong, a whole wave of doubts beat against my soul, and discouragement stands by, ready to enter into the act,” she wrote. But like Thomas, who exclaimed, “My Lord and my God,” when he encountered Christ, Sister Faustina said of her doubt, “I see how many actual graces God grants me; these support me ceaselessly. I am very weak, and I attribute everything solely to the grace of God” (Diary 1086). Faith in Jesus is the remedy for all doubt.

Blessed Are We: As contemporary followers of Jesus, we can draw great consolation from the knowledge evidenced here, that Christ has had us in mind from the beginning. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” That’s all of us! Not only did he acknowledge us here, but he blessed us. When we doubt or struggle because we “have not seen” we can claim this blessing, straight from the mouth of Our Lord.

Conversing with Christ: Lord, thank you for the gifts you have given me, especially the spiritual ones. I know that you see me, know my heart’s desires, and bless me in ways that are best for my personal thriving. You are pure love.
Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will praise and thank you for at least three concrete gifts you have given me. 

For Further Reflection: Listen to “I Am Blessed” by Rachael Lampa

R.I.P. Patsy Allard

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother, Patsy Allard, on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Marianhill Nursing Home in Pembroke. Patsy is predeceased by her devoted husband Merrill Allard of 66 years and her boys Mike and Danny. Patsy was a much loved mother by her children, Mary Kate (Allan Duff), Anne (Rick Huxtable), Teresa (Andre Cloutier), John Paul (Jennifer Trimm), Adele (Robert Varner), Pat (Janet Cadieux), Christine (Bobby Gallagher), Colleen (Steve White and the late Andrew Gribbon), Jennifer (Darwin Groskleg). Mom will be dearly missed by her beautiful 30 grandchildren and her 35 great-grandchildren who brought her so much joy. She will be fondly remembered by her godchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Patsy leaves behind her dear sister Evelyn (Bob Lacroix), her brother Hector (Barbara Tierney), her brother-in-law Murray Manley (Rosemarie Atwell), she was predeceased by her mother Evelyn Burke, her father Hector Chugg and her siblings Margaret Anne, Jimmy (Marina Hearty) and Caroline (Murray Manley). Mom will be fondly remembered for her kindness to others, her smiles, her laughter (giggles), large family gatherings, her many gourmet meals, her pies and cookies. Christmas was a very special time for Mom as she enjoyed giving gifts to everyone, she would start shopping in August, we sure loved those pajamas. Mom also knitted many baby bonnets for the newborn babies at the Pembroke Hospital. Mom loved to knit baby Christening blankets, bonnets, sweaters and booties. She made sure no little toes would be cold in the winter knitting so many pairs of socks and her scarves were welcomed by all. Patsy loved to play her piano and listen to the kids play the violin, guitars, piano and with her beautiful voice she would sing along. Mom also loved her gardening. We would like to thank the staff at Marianhill Nursing Home for their care, support and compassion; you made a difference. We would also like to thank Supples Retirement Residence for the care they provided to Mom over the last couple of years. A private family gathering will be held at the Hayes Funeral Home, Chapeau, Quebec on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec in the intimacy of the immediate family only. Funeral Mass will be live streamed on Fr. Tim Moyle’s and on the Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac Facebook page at 1 p.m. Interment St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Chapeau, Quebec. In memory of our dear mother and in lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s society of Canada at w.w.w.alzheimers.ca or to the Marianhill Foundation.

Parish Bulletin – EASTER SUNDAY – 4 April 2021

Parish Bulletin – Easter Sunday – 4 April 2021

Masses for the Week of 6 April to 11 April

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM             Iona Morris – Helen & Maureen Morris

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             In Thanksgiving – A Parishioner

THURSDAY:             10 AM             Kevin Harrington – Dianne Boudens

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Lorne Gagnon – Betty Morris & Family

LIVE MASSES:

SATURDAY:               5 PM (SH)    Regis, Ella, Danny, Lewis, Cecil, Willis, Myles Venasse –

                                                            Dianne Mainville

SUNDAY:                    9 AM (SJ)     Loretta Reid – Francis, Shelley, Ricky, Dan, Holly, Rikki-Lee, Matt & Riley

                               10:30 AM (CH)   Judy Meilleur – St. Alphonsus Choir

                                                            Merrill Allard – George Sullivan

All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.

** Includes public recitation of the Rosary

*** Includes public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Collections:  Sheenboro:  $550.00    St. Joseph’s:  $983.00   Chapeau:  $1842.00

Thank You!

LIVE MASSES:

GREAT NEWS! Effective Monday March 29th, the government will permit up to 250 people to attend religious services so long as the requirements of social distancing, masks, etc. are maintained. Thus, we can now accommodate 150 people in Chapeau, 75 people in St. Joseph’s, and 40 people in Sheenboro while respecting these obligations at any regular Mass. We are still obliged to take names of those who attend in case contact tracing is required should someone who contracts the COVID virus attends and exposes fellow Mass goers.

Now for the BAD NEWS: Effective immediately, only 25 people are allowed to attend at any funeral or a wedding ceremony. Why? I have no idea. It makes no sense to me. But this new restriction/exemption has been made by the government for these two particular services when they announced this week the increase in numbers allowed for regular Mass attendance.

In either case, you can either call in advance to have your name put on the list or give it at the door when you show up for Mass. I eagerly look forward to seeing as many as is legally permissible in Church once again!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) St. Alphonsus CWL News: Thank you to all CWL members who have already send in their membership ($20). We would appreciate receiving others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can be sent in at one time.

Scripture Reflection:

Our Easter celebration has begun!  Happy Easter!

In many parts of the world, Easter comes in spring.  It’s the time of year when nature itself brings forth the beginnings of new life.  The tulips begin to rise from the cold and dormant earth, the leaves begin to bud on the trees, transforming the forest into a sea of green, and the Sun begins to shine with a new radiance, sending warmth at its rising each morning.  Creation itself reflects the glory and splendor of the Resurrection of Christ in many ways.

The death of winter reflects the death of Christ and the silence of the tomb experienced on Holy Saturday.  Everything goes dormant.  Vegetation appears to die, and even the animals and insects retreat into various forms of hibernation and immobility.  However, at the appointed time, as the warmth of the sun rises anew, nature itself is called forth from the death of winter into the new life of spring.

The cold winter would be deeply depressing if it were to remain forever.  Just imagine if scientists were to tell us that the forthcoming winter was a unique one in that it would now remain forever.  Never again would we see the warmth of spring or summer.  Never again would we see the insects, plants and leaves on the trees.  What a hopeless situation that would be!

But God speaks to us in many and varied ways, and one such way is through the cycle of nature.  New life is certain!  The warmth will return after the winter freeze, nature will rise and the earth will sing again.

If the Father in Heaven is so diligent about caring for the natural creation, how much more does He care for the re-creation of humanity?  How much more would He have cared for the Resurrection of His own divine Son?  How much more does He care for our entrance into the new life won for each of us by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead?!

Allow the beauty of creation to be a sign to you of a reality that is infinitely greater.  Allow yourself to be drawn into the newness of life that is bestowed upon you by your sharing in the Resurrection of Christ.  To rise with Him means you are to become a new creation.

Reflect, today, upon the above line from the Responsorial Psalm for today’s Mass.  “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”  The “day” we rejoice in is the new life God wants to bestow upon your soul here and now.  It’s a new day, a glorious one, a transformed one, a resurrected one.  New life must begin now and must become continually new and glorious as we journey deeper and deeper into the glory of the Resurrection.  Ponder this “new day” and allow our Lord to bestow it upon you through the power of His glorious Resurrection from the dead.

My resurrected Lord, my hope is in You!  Alleluia, You are alive and You have conquered all sin, all death, all evil.  You bring forth new life to all who turn to You in their need.  My Jesus, I do turn to You and abandon myself to You in Your death so that I may rise with You in Your Resurrection to new life.  Breathe into me this gift of new life and allow me to begin anew.  Jesus, I trust in You.

R.I.P. Julien Dugas

Peacefully in hospital, Shawville, Quebec on Friday, March 26, 2021 in his 93rd year, following a short battle with cancer. Predeceased by his wife Lucienne Dugas (nee Demers), his parents Alexandre Dugas and Antoinette Poirier and his brothers Léonce, Alonzo, Leo, Sylvio and Adrien. Sadly missed by his sons; André (Josee) and Benoit (Joy) and his grandchildren; Jacob and William. Survived by his siblings; Sophie Pinette, Florance Dvual, Claude and Rose Monette. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec in private with the immediate family only. Interment of Julien’s remains in St. Alphonsus Cemetery.

Clergy appointments and Transfers

The Most Reverend Guy Desrochers C.Ss.R. announces the following appointments:
Reverend Timothy Moyle has been appointed Pastor of Sainte-Anne Parish, Mattawa. This appointment is effective May 1, 2021.
Reverend Scott Murray has been appointed Pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish, Chapeau; St Paul the Hermit Parish, Sheenboro; and St Joseph Parish, St Joseph. This appointment is effective May 1, 2021.
After a period of consultation among the priests in the Diocese, the Most Reverend Guy Desrochers C.Ss.R. announces the following appointments to the office of Dean:
Reverend Mitchell Beachey as Dean of the Pembroke Deanery
Reverend Kerry Brennan as Dean of the Renfrew Deanery
Reverend Patrick Dobec as Dean of the Barry’s Bay Deanery
Reverend Michael Goring as Dean of the Pontiac Deanery
Reverend Cyril Okebanama, S.M.M.M., as Dean of the Mattawa Deanery
All Deans are appointed for a term of three years as of today’s date. 
Sincere thanks to all who accepted a new appointment.
Vigil of Palm Sunday27 March 2021_______
Monseigneur Guy Desrochers C.Ss.R. annonce les nominations suivantes:
Le père Timothy Moyle est nommé curé de la paroisse Sainte-Anne, Mattawa. Cette nomination entre en vigueur le 1er mai 2021.
Le père Scott Murray est nommé curé de la paroisse St-Alphonse, Chapeau; de la paroisse St Paul the Hermit, Sheenboro; et de la paroisse St Joseph, St-Joseph. Cette nomination entre en vigueur le 1er mai 2021.
Après une période de consultation auprès des prêtres du diocèse, Mgr Guy Desrochers C.Ss.R. annonce les nominations suivantes au poste de doyen:Le père Mitchell Beachey, doyen du doyenné de Pembroke
Le père Kerry Brennan, doyen du doyenné de Renfrew
Le père Patrick Dobec, doyen du doyenné de Barry’s Bay
Le père Michael Goring, doyen du doyenné de Pontiac
Le père Cyril Okebanama, s.m.m.m., doyen du doyenné de Mattawa
Tous les doyens sont nommés pour un mandat de trois ans à compter de ce jour. 
Sincères remerciements à tous ceux qui ont accepté une nouvelle nomination.
Vigile du Dimanche des Rameaux27 mars 2021

Parish Bulletin – Palm Sunday – 28 March 2021

Parish Bulletin – Palm Sunday – 28 March 2021

Masses for the Week of 30 March to 4 April

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM             Kevin Harrington – Dianne Boudens

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             Special Intentions of priests who served in St. Joseph’s Parish – Genevieve Keogh

LIVE MASSES:

HOLY THURSDAY:    7 PM            Iona Morris – Pat Hynes and family  (St. Joseph’s)

GOOD FRIDAY:         3 PM             Good Friday Service (Chapeau)

                                       7 PM            Stations of the Cross  (Chapeau)

SATURDAY:               5 PM (SH)    Carmelita Doyle – Larry and Nancy Gleason & Family

EASTER SUNDAY:    9 AM (SJ)     M/M Victor Gagnon – Ruth Doran

                               10:30 AM (CH)   Teresa McDonald – Brenda And Rene Lavigne

                                                            Michael Dunn – Colleen and Family

All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.

** Includes public recitation of the Rosary

*** Includes public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Collections:  Sheenboro:  $260.00    St. Joseph’s:  $772.00  

Chapeau:  $975.00

Thank You!

GREAT NEWS! Effective Monday March 29th, the government will permit up to 250 people to attend religious services so long as the requirements of social distancing, masks, etc. are maintained. Thus, we can now accommodate 150 people in Chapeau, 75 people in St. Joseph’s, and 40 people in Sheenboro while respecting these obligations at any regular Mass. We are still obliged to take names of those who attend in case contact tracing is required should someone who contracts the COVID virus attends and exposes fellow Mass-goers.

**Now for the BAD NEWS: Effective immediately, only 25 people are allowed to attend any funeral or a wedding ceremony. Why? I have no idea. It makes no sense to me. But this new restriction/exemption was made by the government for these two particular services when they announced the increase in numbers allowed for regular Mass attendance this week. You would have to ask them for the reason behind this decision.

In either case, you can either call in advance to have your name put on the list or give it at the door when you show up for Mass. I eagerly look forward to seeing as many as is legally permissible in Church once again!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) Tax receipts for 2020 donations (excluding the online donations which produce receipt at time of donation) are available in the Churches now that the government has allowed us to reopen our offices for business. We thank you for your patience.

2) St. Alphonsus CWL News: Thank you to all CWL members who have already send in their membership ($20). We would appreciate receiving others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can be sent in at one time.

3) The Stations of the Cross: Will be celebrated each Friday during Lent in St. Alphonsus Church at 7 pm. Our thanks go out to Michael Mainville who has accepted to lead this devotion for the community.

4) Folded Corner: At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

(John 5.1-16)
MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP/ MESSAGE DE L’ÉVÊQUE

Share Love, Share Lent Campaign under way!

Dear Lay Faithful,

Inspired by Pope Francis’s newest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, this year Development and Peace’s Lenten campaign, Share Love, Share Lent, invites us into a global solidarity. Pope Francis writes, “All of us have a responsibility for the wounded, those of our own people and all the peoples of the earth. Let us care for the needs of every man and woman, young and old, with the same fraternal spirit of care and closeness that marked the Good Samaritan” (79).

This Fifth Sunday of Lent, or ‘Solidarity Sunday’ is designated by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops for a collection for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada. Now into our second year of the global pandemic, there is much upheaval in many of our lives – and even more so for our brothers and sisters in the Global South. I invite each according to their means to give generously in your parish or online at www.devp.org (choosing the “Give Now” tab) or by calling 1 888 234-8533.  Thank you in advance for promoting the fraternity and social friendship of which Pope Francis speaks. Wishing you and yours continued blessings in this Lenten season.

Sincerely yours in Christ our Redeemer,

Bishop Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R.

Bishop of Pembroke

5) Chrism Mass: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chrism Mass scheduled for Tuesday, March 30th will be held privately.

Messe chrismale : La messe chrismale prévue le mardi 30 mars aura lieu en privé en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19.

6) Next Diocesan Marriage Preparation program – April 17th and May 1st: This program will be ONLINE only. To register click here or go to https://pembrokediocese.com/flymo/marriage-and-family/ . Deadline to register is April 1st. All couples will be mailed a package with the materials needed for the program.

7) First Step Options Pregnancy Resource Centre – Annual General Meeting: The FSO Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, March 29th, starting at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Please RSVP to matthewgiberson@gmail.com to receive the link to join.

8) A NOTE TO ALL PARISHIONERS FROM FR. TIM

This weekend, our Jewish elder brothers and sisters are celebrating their great feast of Passover. Alas for me, this year I don’t get to celebrate this feast as our Bishop has decided not to ‘Passover’ my name in deciding the latest clergy moves. He has asked me to return to St. Anne’s Parish in Mattawa, effective 1 May 2021, to take up once again the position of pastor of that parish. At the same time, he is transferring Fr. Scott Murray from Mattawa to replace me here as pastor of our Upper Pontiac Parishes.

It’s hard for me not to believe that you are getting the better end of this deal. While I have become quite physically limited following my stroke a few years back, Fr. Scott is in the prime of health and full of energy and spirit being barely half my age. The fact that he is one of the priests who have resurrected the “Flying Fathers” Hockey team once again is proof positive of this!! And if there’s one thing I know for sure about him, it’s that Fr. Scott possesses the Catholic faith in abundance! He brings those gifts with him as he begins to take up his ministry as your parish priest, and I have no doubt that with your support and guidance he will succeed in bringing new life to all three of the parish communities here in the Pontiac.

I’ll offer my good-bye comments and thank you(s) in a future bulletin before departing at the end of April, but I do ask for your prayers in the coming weeks that I will be successful in my new assignment as I know Fr. Scott will be here with you.

Scripture Reflection:

Opening Prayer: Lord, help me to pray well in order to be able to accept the kingdom you offer instead of the kingdom I desire. 

Encountering Christ:

1. The Moment of Triumph: Jesus entered Jerusalem as a Jewish king arriving for his coronation. Passover was the traditional day for Jewish kings to be crowned. When entering a city, the king would ride a donkey—the traditional royal mount (horses were only ridden by a conqueror entering a vanquished city). According to tradition, the Messiah would come from the east, from the direction of the Mount of Olives. Jesus entered Jerusalem with a large crowd of pilgrims coming from Galilee for the feast of Passover. Many in Galilee already considered Jesus to be the Messiah and when they saw all this, they began to proclaim him Messiah and cover the road with palm branches and their cloaks for him to ride over. Jesus clearly entered Jerusalem as the Messianic king riding to his coronation. 

2. What Kind of King?: The Apostles were excited. Things were finally working out as they had hoped! Almost everyone expected the Messiah to begin a new Jewish empire. He would come in, be crowned as king, raise an army and drive out the Romans—perhaps even conquer the whole Roman Empire and establish a Jewish Empire in its place. They knew Jesus was the Messiah and they were the ones closest to him. They would have the top posts in the new empire! Everything was going great! They had forgotten Jesus’s triple warning about his impending death in Jerusalem. They had forgotten what he said in the beatitudes. They were not prepared for what would happen this week. When Jesus needed them the most, all except John would come up short.

3. It’s Hard to Be a Citizen of Jesus’s Kingdom: Unlike the Apostles, I know what kind of kingdom Jesus is preparing. In spite of the glory of his entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, it will be a kingdom of struggle and sacrifice. It will be a kingdom that will never be fully accepted by this world. In spite of its many members, it will remain invisible without borders or territory, because it is a kingdom that exists in peoples’ hearts. The Apostles weren’t ready for this, so they failed when Jesus was crowned on Good Friday. If I am looking for a kingdom of this world, I will fail too. 

Conversing with Christ: Jesus, it would be great to remain in the glory of Palm Sunday, to enjoy being a citizen of a kingdom of this world. But that is not the kind of kingdom you offer. Your kingdom opposes the glory of this world and so it will always be opposed. Please help me to love and desire to be a member of your kingdom because, in the end, your kingdom is much better than the world’s, in spite of the difficulties I encounter.

Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will make some small sacrifice as a sign that I belong to your kingdom, a kingdom of sacrifice and struggle, and not one of glory, comfort, and fame.