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March 17: Memorial of St. Patrick
"'The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.'" [Catholic Online]

March 18: Memorial of Fra Angelico
"...an Italian painter of the early Renaissance who combined the life of a devout friar with that of an accomplished painter. He was called Angelico (Italian for “angelic”) and Beato (Italian for “blessed”) because the paintings he did were of calm, religious subjects and because of his extraordinary personal piety." [Chritus Rex]

March 19: Memorial of St. Joseph
Pope John Paul: "Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ's upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ's Mystical Body, that is, the Church, of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model." [Saints Index]

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WHOEVER DRINKS THE WATER I SHALL GIVE WILL NEVER THIRST.

The saints are true worshipers of the Father who, like the Samaritan woman, have met Christ and through him discovered the meaning of life.

The Gospel for Sunday, March 19, 2006
Third Sunday of Lent
Jn: 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42

Human life is an "exodus" from slavery to the promised land, from death to life. In this journey we sometimes experience the aridity and fatigue of life: poverty, loneliness, the loss of meaning and hope, to the point that we can even wonder, as the Jews did on their journey: "Is the Lord among us or not?" (Ex 17:7).

That Samaritan woman, so tried by life, must have frequently thought: "Where is the Lord?" Until one day she meets a man who reveals the whole truth to her, a woman and even more a Samaritan, in other words, doubly despised. In a simple conversation he offers her the gift of God: the Holy Spirit, a spring of living water welling up to eternal life. He reveals himself to her as the awaited Messiah and tells her of the Father who wants to be worshiped in spirit and truth.

The saints are "true worshipers of the Father": men and women who, like the Samaritan woman, have met Christ and through him discovered the meaning of life. They have experienced firsthand what the Apostle Paul says in the second reading: "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" (Rom 5:5).

The grace of Baptism comes into fruition in the saints. They drink from the fountain of Christ's love to the point that they are deeply transformed and in turn become overflowing springs to quench the thirst of the many brothers and sisters they meet on life's path.

Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world; you are the rock from which flows living water for humanity's thirst!

Lord, give us this water always, so that we may know the Father and adore him in Spirit and Truth!

March 13, 2006

Excerpted from JOHN PAUL II’S HOMILY, BEATIFICATION OF EIGHT SPANISH MARTYRS, Third Sunday of Lent, 7 March 1999.

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The saints are true worshipers of the Father who, like the Samaritan woman, have met Christ and through him discovered the meaning of life.

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