DESIRE: Poverty of Heart

Posted on Feb 24, 2017

8th Week in Ordinary Time
March 2, 2017 RCIA Session


Isaiah 49:14-15
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6:24-34


"Even should she forget, I will never forget you."  cf. Isaiah 49:14-15

"Therefore do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts..."  cf. 1 Cor 4:1-5

"Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself.  Sufficient for a day is its own evil." cf. Matthew 6:24-34


  • Last  week in RCIA we reflected on how Jesus fulfilled the Old Coveant, establishing once and for all the New and final Covenant in his own Body and Blood.
  • This week in RCIA we take a look at the spiritual life and remember again what it means to open our hearts to God, to wait for God to fill us and lead us.
  • See Chapter 34 of the USCCA.



  • March 2 -- Night for all Godparents to attend RCIA from 7:00-9:00 pm -- PRACTICE for Rite of Sending -- Godparents & Sponsors needed!
  • March 4 -- Rite of Sending to Election & Call to Continuing Conversion at the St. Monica 7:00 pm Mass in Spanish; arrive by 6:00 pm in Cafeteria -- Godparents & Sponsors needed!
  • March 5 -- Rite of Sending to Election & Call to Continuing Conversion at the St. Monica 10:00 am Mass in English; arrive by 9:15 am in Cafeteria -- Godparents & Sponsors needed!
  • March 11 & 12:  Penitential Rite for all CANDIDATES in RCIA (baptized already): 7:00 pm Saturday, 10:00 am and 3:00 pm Sunday Masses.  Please come 30 minutes early to check in and find a seat in Church.
  • April 2 -- Evening of Reflection for St. Monica RCIA Adults only (with sponsors), 4:00-8:00 pm at St. Monica -- bring food

PRACTICE: Practicing the Lenten Disciplines

  • Be sure you have made a simple but challenging commitment that will help open your heart to God during Lent.  Stay true to these practices and promises! 
  • Help you children to do the same.
  • Be sure to follow the guidelines of the Church in Prayer, Fasting and giving Alms



"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.  But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be." Matthew 6:19-21

What are the deepest desires of your heart?  How is God one of those?

What desires direct your daily activity?  How can you make God the foundation of each day? 

How can we acquire poverty of spirit?  see USCCA p. 453

How can we be free of exaggerated dependence on material goods?   see USCCA p. 453

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