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February 24th, 2012

Lent Video : 40 Days Of Jesus In The Desert

Watch the above Lent Video showing the 40 Days of Jesus in The Desert.

40 illustrations drawn on Lent by illustrator Si Smith are put into a Lent Movie following Jesus’ journey into the wilderness – Forty days with Jesus in the desert. The soundtrack is Revive’s hug. This video also shows the temptations of Jesus in His last days in the desert. Watch it!

You can download the above video from Proost website.

The Story of Jesus in the Desert

The story of Jesus in the desert meets us in many different ways. It is an amazing account of God taking on the feeble form of a created being and experiencing the utter humility of unprotected isolation in barren wilderness. This story has also become our story – part of the glorious history of our family of faith, celebrated each year in the season of Lent. But it is also the very human story of one man carrying the huge burden of his calling, seeking strength to come to terms with the task that lay before him, and refusing to accept the short cuts and compromises offered by the enemy.

40 Days of Jesus in The Desert – Illustrations Explained

1. In a room scented by the smell of sawn timber, a man hears a voice in his inner ear calling him
It is time –
your time, and mine
enough of the mending and making and shaping of wood
time to put aside the tools
the sharp nails…
can wait.

2. While the village still slept, he set his face to the low morning light and followed this beautiful voice
calling him
leading him
drawing him
into wilderness.

3. He did not look back to the comforts of home, but walked on…
into the desert – the place of suffering and desolation, where each rock hid its own danger
every stone could strike at the heel
he walked onwards
alone.

4. As he walked he left something of himself behind.
the skin of civilisation was being burnt away by the hot sun
driven away by the wild animals
But in the rhythm of every step was the music of his voice – singing to his soul
It’s your time… and mine.

5. After a time, the desert seemed so big, and he –
so small
A panic rose in him.
It clutched him like a hand at his throat
Who am I?
What am I?
What terrible road lies before me?
Father, my body is weak
I am a drop of water
On a rock
Under the hot desert sun
Soon I will be gone.
still he walked
still he followed
That voice.

6. Dust devils plucked specks from the sand and spat them at his face.
Walk on my Son
This is your time… and mine.

7. He followed the voice into dark canyons carved by raging streams now long dry
and he was grateful to leave behind the dark places
to climb towards light.

8. And from a high place he watched in wonder as the sun sank into the desert sea
He watched as it stained the sand like wine spreading on a table
like blood.

9. As evening fell He looked for a place to rest
The dry desert skies sucked back the warmth from the ground as he lay down his head
And the night creatures were set loose
hungry and wild.

10. A weak morning light filtered into the ravine where he slept and he woke
That restlessness was there still
gnawing at him
calling him on
Now is your time…and mine
Now is your time…and mine

11. Find me O my father
Make me
Take me back to you
My throat is cracked
But thirst is more
For you
My stomach craves
A food that feeds only this –
My soul.
So I walk
Desperate
Close to falling
Stumbling…
To you.

12. At his lowest point, a blessing fell at his feet.
A sound brought him to some rocks, and he peered over into the shade and saw foxes at play.
The cubs left their lair and tripped over each other, nibbling ears and licking fur, oblivious to his presence, at one with all things.
the pure joy of the moment found its way into the very centre of him.
It lit up his soul.
Desert became paradise.
Father came to Son.

13. The joy in his heart could not stay still.
It found its way to his feet
and made a dance!
what a dance!
His sandals beat the dust
and his clothes cracked the air about him.

14. He danced down valleys and over stream beds.
He danced the day long…..
A dance for the hungry and the thirsty
A dance for the broken and hurting
A dance for the widows and the fatherless children
A dance for the lonely and the betrayed
A dance for the poor in spirit and those captives to the night
A dance for those downcast and robbed of hope
A dance for the dying and those left in grief
A dance for those who suffer and need relief
A dance of for grace and love and mercy
A freedom dance…
For all mankind
And as he danced, he drove away the black birds of death and hate and war,
and profiteering and slavery –
evil took to flight.
This day belonged to the dancer –
And the Dance.

15. Exhausted now. Burned up.
The responsibilities of this journey.
The burdens to carry on the way
The foolishness of the dance
And his dreams lay like bleached bones at his feet.

16. The terrible black birds drew near again.
drawn to the sweet smell of carrion
Blown in on the breeze.

17. That night, he stood alone before the moon.
Listening again for the voice
Straining for its music
His face shone with the reflected light.
Sun to moon.
Moon to face.
And he started to hope again.
Now is your time my son.
In you are my hopes – my dreams
In you is everything I am.
In you is all my love, all my mercy, all my grace
Now is your time… and mine.

Lent illustrations from 18-40 also have detailed explanations.
Find the remaining illustrations explained in the 40 Days of Jesus in the Desert PDF 

February 23rd, 2012

Family Lent Calendar

Family Lent Calendar 2012

Family Lent Calendar – Download the above image

Here is the Lent Calendar for 2012. This one starts right from Ash Wednesday till Holy Saturday. The above calendar image is of 1320×1020 dimensions. Click on the image to view it in actual size. Then go ahead and right-click the image and save the lent calendar to your computer. You can print it later at your convenience.

Lent is the liturgical season of forty days which begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebration of the Paschal Mystery (Easter Triduum). Lent is the primary penitential season in the Church’s liturgical year, reflecting the forty days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying. – Catechism of the Catholic Church

Family Lent Calendar Explained

February 

22 Feb – Take your family to an Ash Wednesday liturgy and wear the cross of ashes all day.
23 Feb – Tape a drawing of a vase on the fridge and label it, “Lent”. Each day draw a flower in the vase and watch Lent blossom.
24 Feb – Share a meatless family meal. Discuss your Lenten offerings to be sure all are doable and sacrificial.
25 Feb – Choose a family Lenten offering, such as giving up desserts, attending daily Mass, or praying a family Rosary regularly.
26 Feb – After Mass today, explain the Gospel and the homily in terms your children can understand.
27 Feb – Contact Catholic Relief Services (877-HELP-CRS, www.catholicrelief.org) to see how you can help any of their ongoing projects.
28 Feb – Invent a new family prayer you can say together each day.
29 Feb – Take stock of how your Lenten fasts are going, and refresh your commitment to them.

March

01 Mar – Before eating your family meal together, ask each person to say a spontaneous prayer.
02 Mar – Pray for the people in the world who can’t afford to have meat as a regular part of their diets.
03 Mar – Turn off the Television, unplug the computers, and take the phone off the hook for half an hour to pray the family Rosary.
04 Mar – Before Mass today, pick a saint represented in one of the statues in your church and find out more about him or her during the lent.
05 Mar – Collect stuffed animals or soft pillows in good condition and bring them to a local nursing home. Older folks love soft things to hug.
06 Mar – Ask each person to share a game, toy or treat with someone else in your home.
07 Mar – Plan how each of you can show kindness or compassion to someone else tomorrow.
08 Mar – Think of someone you don’t like and say three nice things about him or her.
09 Mar – Figure out how much your family saved by not eating meat today, and put that money in the poor box at church.
10 Mar – At bedtime, say “Let’s turn our hearts to God and think of Him.” Sit in silence for a few minutes.
11 Mar – Light a candle in Church today for someone who passed away or who needs special help.
12 Mar – Ask each family member to write a letter to Jesus thanking Him for his sacrifice on The Cross.
13 Mar – Make cookies and bring them to a nearby nursing home.
14 Mar – Encourage each family member to perform an examination of conscience.
15 Mar – Place a crucifix or picture of Jesus in a central place to keep the focus on Him.
16 Mar – Whenever someone does a good deed, put a jelly bean in a jar. Share the jelly beans at Easter!
17 Mar – Ask each person to make a sacrificial offering, such as doing an extra chore without being asked.
18 Mar – Laetare Sunday – Have a special meal at home or a restaurant to celebrate the half-way point through Lent.
19 Mar – Pick a friend or neighbor and perform an anonymous good deed for him or her.
20 Mar – Encourage all family members to refrain from bickering today.
21 Mar – Say a short prayer before each cross or crucifix in your home.
22 Mar – Make up a box for a needy family or homeless shelter. Put canned goods, clothing, toiletries and gently used toys in it.
23 Mar – Serve pretzels as a remainder that Catholics used to fast from milk, butter, eggs, cheese, cream and meat.
24 Mar – Make simple crosses out of construction paper. Write on them, “He died for me”, and post them around your home.
25 Mar – After Mass, light a candle, and recite the Apostle’s Creed as an affirmation of faith.
26 Mar – Pray for the victims of the earthquake still suffering in Haiti.
27 Mar – Send a card to someone who might need cheering today.
28 Mar – Give up a favorite toy or treat just for today.
29 Mar – Visit someone who is sick and can’t leave home.
30 Mar – Place any final donations in the box you set up. Make a family trip to deliver it to its destination.
31 Mar – Go to Confession or attend a Reconciliation service. Then go out afterwards to celebrate forgiveness.

April

01 Apr – Have a Palm Sunday procession around the house and take turns playing Jesus.
02 Apr – Take a walk outside and look for signs of new life.
03 Apr – Forgive someone who hurt you today.
04 Apr – Get up 15 minutes earlier than usual today and pray as a family.
05 Apr – Wash and dry each other’s feet in commemoration of Jesus washing the feet of His Apostles.
06 Apr – Pray the Stations of the Cross today, and mediate on each one.
07 Apr – Dress a doll in a white garment and talk about the Baptismal vows we renew each year.

Calendar Symbols

The solid fish icon = A day of fasting and abstinence from meat
The plain fish icon = A day of abstinence from meat

We hope this Family Lent Calendar will be useful for all in this lent season as we prepare our best to celebrate Easter.

February 22nd, 2012

Jesus Christ Cartoons

Jesus Christ Cartoons are given above. You can find 8 Jesus cartoon images in the above picture set. Click on any thumbnail to see the full size cartoon image of Christ and save the image to download it to your computer. These Jesus Christ cartoons will surely make us think more about the true, unfailing love of our God, Jesus Christ and what He expects back from us.

1. Jesus waits for You

We start our life journey with Jesus.
We get attracted to the ‘FUN’ of this world
We say to Jesus: I will be right back
I came so far but I have gained nothing…
Let’s go back, I wonder how long Jesus waited for me before He got tired and left…
Jesus says: That took a while. Let’s get started again.

2. The Cross we carry

We carry our cross.
We complain: Lord, it’s too heavy! Please cut it down a little…
We shorten our cross.
We again complain: Lord, please cut it down a little more…I’ll be able to carry it better…
We cut down our cross again and says: Lord, thank you so much
A great obstacle arrives in our path of life.
Others: Let’s use this as a bridge and cross over!
We are unable to cross over as we had cut down the cross we carry.

3. Jesus’ first priority

We lead such a busy life.
Jesus asks: what’s been happening in your life?
We reply: Sorry Jesus…I’m too busy right now…I’ll pray later…
Jesus asks again: Do you want to hear my story?
We reply: Jesus, I’m really busy…not right now…After I get all this sorted out, I’ll read the Bible…
1st Angel: Jesus, please have a read through this!
2nd Angel: Sshhh! You have to wait. Jesus’ first priority is to spend time with that kid…

4. God is too far away

We say: It seems like GOD is too far away from me.
I can’t see anything. He is too far away.
(Jesus is standing so close to us)

5. God’s protection

We pray: God, please protect me.
A stone hits us.
We say: Why God? Why?
We turnback and see Jesus protecting us from a shower of stones.
Jesus to us: I’m sorry, did I miss one? Are you alright?

6. To die expecting nothing

Sentenced to death
If you have someone who’s willing to die in your place, we’ll let you live.
We say: I don’t have anything…I’m a sinner. I should undoubtedly die because I sinned. But…
Jesus: Please remember Me…And tell others. You were able to live because of Me…
It’s possible to die for a big compensation but He died expecting nothing in return.
He loves us so much.

7. Thirsty for our Love

We say: I really love you. Please accept my love…
I can give you my time and all that I have. Because I love you…
For you, I can do anything and I can go anywhere. So, please…
Jesus says: How nice…
We say: Lord, do something! Please…
Jesus says: Can’t you confess your love to me?
I can repay your love hundred folds…
Even Jesus wants to feel our LOVE for Him.

8. Before Death

We say: I only have 4 years, 2 months and 13 days left to live… I’m going to lose my mind… I’ll probably die first of a nervous breakdown…Oh my..
Jesus prays: 4 years, 2 months and 13 days left until i am crucified on the Cross. I need to build up my strength and equip myself with prayer before I begin publicly spreading the Gospel. To today! Give it its best.
Jesus stayed strong even though He knew that He will eventually be crucified on the Cross…He never faltered to spread the good news of the LORD and He never regretted dying for the sake of us all…

That concludes the eight Jesus Christ cartoons included in this article. We hope that all of you find these Jesus Cartoons interesting and inspiring! Please share this article with all of your friends and relatives! God bless! Check other Christian Cartoons too.

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