You are God: we praise You;
You are the Lord: we acclaim You;
All creation worships You.
To You all angels, all the powers of heaven,
“Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
The glorious company of apostles praise You.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise You.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise You.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims You;
Father, of majesty unbounded,
You, Christ, are the King of Glory,
When you became man to set us free,
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help Your people,
February 20, 2012
Bishop William R. Houck
This week on Ash Wednesday in rather large numbers we will accept blessed ashes with a clear reminder: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We will also commit ourselves to make an honest effort to live our discipleship. This involves turning away from sin and following even better the value system of Jesus Christ. His value system encompasses many aspects but for sure is based on love, truth, generosity, justice, prayer, sacrifice and self denial.
We try to emphasize more living our faith in a positive manner. To do this, however, we will give up some things in our present lifestyle. Here again I offer “Suggestions for a ‘give-up’ List.”
Give up negativism; be positive. Give up complaining; be grateful.
Give up pessimism; be an optimist. Give up harsh judgments; think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry; trust divine providence. Give up discouragement; be full of hope.
Give up anger; be more patient. Give up pettiness; be more mature.
Give up gloom; enjoy the beauty around you. Give up jealousy; pray for trust.
Give up gossiping; control your thoughts. Give up sin; turn to virtue.