17 Feb - Ash Wednesday

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Lina Jones
3 months ago

This is my first retreat. Thank you!

Kathy Fitzgerald
Reply to  Lina Jones
3 months ago

Good morning everyone hoping to be blessed though this time we have with God, God bless all

Avril
Reply to  Lina Jones
3 months ago

This is my first retreat. Thank you !

Pippa
Reply to  Avril
3 months ago

Mine too

Karen Ohm
Reply to  Lina Jones
3 months ago

KarenOhm. This is my first retreat

Darlene Schiestel
Reply to  Lina Jones
3 months ago

This is my first Retreat

Lisa LoGrasso
3 months ago

This is my first time with you and thank you. I have been disillusioned the last several months by the Pope and many leaders of the Catholic Church. I feel they have accepted and even encouraged things against the Catholic doctrine. Some have accepted abortion, same sex marriage and even the Pope meeting and accepting leaders of the Muslims. This so called religion doesn’t even believe in our God and persecutes Christians around the world. Publicly accepting and giving Eucharist to those who publicly go against the doctrine and then Claim to be devout Catholics and try to remove God… Read more »

Val
Reply to  Lisa LoGrasso
3 months ago

This is so true. Everything seems to have changed for the worst. I never see any children in church anymore they are .the sheep of the church but they to are lost. Please God strengthen our church and bring back the people and the sheep like it use to be. Amen

Rose
Reply to  Val
3 months ago

Lisa, it’s so true, we don’t see the young generation at mass, I have grown up kids and they belong to the once a year going to church. But I believe that I have planted the seed and nurtured it while they were growing up. They’re good people and as my parish priest once told me, that seed will flourish again, we keep on praying for them.

Melinda
Reply to  Rose
3 months ago

This is so true. We raised all 5 of our children in the church. When they started working, church was put on the back burner because they had to work on Sundays. Your priest is right, plant the seed and pray, be an example. They are in their 50-60’s now. We have been thru several serious crisis over the years but God has never left their side. They can see His miracles in the healings. Now they are returning, each in their own way . My prayers are being answered.

Kaye
Reply to  Val
3 months ago

So many churches in the UK do a “childrens mass” on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas day which is insane. It’s family rituals like going to mass on Christmas Day which will keep drawing kids and young people back in. If kids never go to mass on Christmas Day, how do they even begin to know in their hearts (rather than just their heads) that Christmas Day is about Jesus? My younger brother doesn’t go to mass any more but he always goes on Christmas Day and Easter, because that’s just what we as a family do. If anyone suggests… Read more »

Rochelle Radlinski
Reply to  Kaye
3 months ago

We each have our own family rituals. Ours has been Christmas eve forever

Roland
Reply to  Lisa LoGrasso
3 months ago

Hi Lisa, for this and many other reasons I go to the traditional Latin mass. I hadn’t gone to mass for many years, and then during our covid lockdown I started saying a novena, my faith came back! But it is never so easy, I still struggle every day, yet god remains with me, in the background, helping me out.

Margaret
Reply to  Lisa LoGrasso
3 months ago

I feel the same way. I am looking forward to tomorrow.

Debbie Marini
Reply to  Lisa LoGrasso
3 months ago

I pray for you all this lent to open your hearts to the love and mercy of God. To see Jesus in our leaders and trust, trust in His sovereignty over the church and our lives. Pray for our souls to be well. Pray for discernment to understand what is evil and what is in Gods favor. Recognize that Jesus wants us to come to Him for this not the agreement of the world or even here among each other. There have been many things to distress us about the church for years But God will always be there when… Read more »

Daniela
Reply to  Lisa LoGrasso
3 months ago

Dear Lisa, Please think of each and every one of us as you are thinking about you. We are not individuals of a certain religion, we are individuals made of God. We should love each other, we should accept each other as we are. There is no one’s fault that they’ve been born in a certain faith or in a certain place, we all are the same in front of God and we all should love and respect each other as God teaches us. God is love for and to everyone. I’m not worthy that He should enter under my… Read more »

Marianne ..UK
Reply to  Daniela
3 months ago

Yes, I agree, it can be difficult to accept, understand and learn about another way of prayer and religion but, we must always treat each other with dignity and love from whatever corner of the world we’re in or thinking about. Religion can be difficult, there are things about the Catholic Religion I disagree with, but the fundamental common denominator is….We believe in the teachings of Jesus and that is concrete within us.

Rochelle Radlinski
Reply to  Daniela
3 months ago

Well said.

Diane
Reply to  Lisa LoGrasso
3 months ago

Sooo true! Well said! Agree! ????
Thanks! It pleases the Lord Jesus! Amen! I believe! ????????✝️????????????????????????????????????‍♂️????

Pippa
Reply to  Diane
3 months ago

Amen

Joyce Beagan
Reply to  Lisa LoGrasso
3 months ago

Jesus never turned away any one for their beliefs neither should we

Pippa
Reply to  Joyce Beagan
3 months ago

Exactly

EHUKAI SAKO
Reply to  Joyce Beagan
3 months ago

mahalo, Joyce

Joyce
Reply to  Lisa LoGrasso
3 months ago

Lisa, You have summed up my feelings as well. I feel unsupported by my church and uncomfortable about what is happening such as with my last confession I asked the priest what to do with not getting any information about the present Pope’s actions. His response was for me to talk with the pastor. Not exactly what I would like to hear. Rather, even some support fro him would have been good. I remain doing my Catholic obligations because I believe in the doctrine but we are being let down by our pastors, bishops, etc., not addressing this Valid point.… Read more »

Anchor Pat
Reply to  Lisa LoGrasso
3 months ago

Yes, I agree with you, Linda. I no longer consider myself a Catholic, having seen the gross hypocrisy of the upper levels of the Catholic Church and Pope sweeping scandals under the rug; endorsing sinful behavior; and changing eternal truths, while enforcing human indoctrinated useless rules. As someone said yesterday, “I don’t think Jesus Christ came to earth to establish 200 denominations…” Faith and religion oppose each other in our time. There is more concern for membership and money than helping parishioners meet God’s standard. I now consider myself non-denominational, however, I do appreciate the Catholic Church’s increased focus on… Read more »

Janie
3 months ago

I am so excited I can hardy wait to get started.

Barbara Meyer
3 months ago

This is my first Lenten retreat online and not at church. Thank you Bless you

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Doug McColl
3 months ago

Our Lord is merciful.to all.and despises nothing that we have made. He overlooks people’s sins, to bring them to repentance , and He spares us, for He is our Lord, our God
Grant, O Lord, that we may ,begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that we may take up battle against
spiritual evils, and we will be armed with weapons of self-restraint.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Suni
Reply to  Doug McColl
3 months ago

AMEN

Melissa Duhon
3 months ago

It’s so nice to have this! Thank you. Y’all are heaven sent.

Jenan
3 months ago

God bless you

Irene Ors
3 months ago

This is my first

Maxine Koehler
Reply to  Irene Ors
3 months ago

God Bless my first time

Janice Boscacci
3 months ago

Thank you Jesus. Change me, transform me, heal me. May all that I do bring you glory. Amen and Amen.

Rochelle Radlinski
Reply to  Janice Boscacci
3 months ago

Janice I love your prayer. May I borrow it?

Diane
3 months ago

Thus is my first time I have joined in this retreat. I’m excited where God will lead and take us in this journey together. Thank you for being faithful to God and sharing with us.

Lyn
3 months ago

This is my first online retreat. It sounds amazing. I was looking for something for Lent and this retreat turned up. Thank you!

Juanita. Hunt
Reply to  Lyn
3 months ago

I to wanted this Lent to be special for me. Thank you Bruce for helping that happen. God Bless You.

Joan
3 months ago

This is my first online retreat, look forward to it being a good fruitful one, filled with God’s love and compassion.

Krissy
3 months ago

Thank you! This is my first retreat.

Jill Ritson
3 months ago

I’m looking forward to this journey. Thank you.

Lesley
3 months ago

This is also my first retreat and I am looking forward to making prayer a daily ritual and bringing Jesus to the front of my life

Rose
3 months ago

Thank you Bruce, our church is in lockdown right now, this is my first retreat online, different, my husband and I are enjoying it. God Bless.

Kelli
3 months ago

Like others, this is the first time I’ve seen your work for lent. I’m looking forward to the journey. Thankyou

Aroha Hema
3 months ago

Bless & thank you for giving us an opportunity to celebrate Lent with many others around the world. This is a special retreat & renwal of my faith. Arohanui

Judi Walker
3 months ago

I am a devout Christian but I am a Baptist and not a Catholic. I pray that this time will glorify God and no particular denomination. I am excited to grow closer to my Lord and to understand more completely the significance of Lent. I too am deeply troubled that what was once unacceptable is now acceptable and that God’s perfect order has been discarded by so many. At the same time I am thankful and at peace in the knowledge that God is still in control and always will be.

Leslie
Reply to  Judi Walker
3 months ago

I have noticed by the comments that several non Catholic Christians are taking part in this retreat – this is wonderful to see! I myself was raised Presbyterian and I am so grateful that my parents raised me in the faith. I was received into full communion as a member of the Catholic church 35 years ago. All Christians are brothers and sisters in the faith. I hope this retreat really blesses you on your faith journey.

Lee
3 months ago

I’ve joined Bruce’s lenten retreat before and know that, with Bruce’s help, my life will have changed at the end of Lent. Maybe not in a massive, tangible “I won the lottery way”. Definitely in the strength of my conviction in my faith and I am praying that I will have a better overall relationship with God, more just being/abiding with God, embracing any challenges sent to me with the knowledge that God will never send me a challenge without providing all that I need to get through it rather than asking for things to be how I’d like them… Read more »

Jeanne
Reply to  Lee
3 months ago

Beautifully said, Lee. I’m with you in sentiment. God Bless.

Rochelle Radlinski
Reply to  Lee
3 months ago

Amen

Yavitrie Adhar
3 months ago

God’s abundant grace and mercy on us

Glenis Albrecht
3 months ago

Thank You for your faithfulness to the Gospel.

Yavitrie Adhar
3 months ago

This is my 1st retreat I’m not a Catholic and I don’t think it matters. What I’m looking forward for is to get closer and get to know the lord more than anything else ???? I’m a retired nurse in NYC looking for all the prayers I can get due to our situation ???? I have faith and know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is our shield and buckler. ????

Sarah
Reply to  Yavitrie Adhar
3 months ago

Thoughts & prayers Yavitrie.Live in Australia but have relatives & friends in Northern Hemisphere & am grateful every day that it is Summer & the situation here is mostly contained.Really feel for you in NYC, sending prayers for love,hope,blessings.

Pippa
Reply to  Yavitrie Adhar
3 months ago

Amen…

Philomena Collins
3 months ago

This is my first retreat

Marilyn
3 months ago

Looking forward to journeying through Lent with you again Bruce. God Bless

Melvina Alderson
3 months ago

I AM NOT A CATHOLIC BUT I AM HEAR TO LEARN ABOUT LENT AND GET CLOSER TO MY LORD . THANK YOU

Garnett LaPaz
3 months ago

Good evening this is also my first retreat as well. I’m excited to learn and explore my faith in God almighty.

Bianca Botha
3 months ago

Thank you this is my 1st Lent so yes I need God to walk with me every single second.

Paul V Cleary
3 months ago

Praying you all have a Happy and Holy Lent and remember God loves you and so do I so be Happy not Withdrawn for to love is the highest order of things and the beings of the underworld and above.

Charity Oyugi
3 months ago

So refreshing to start a retreat online. One of my first. Good knowing am with a lot others praying for ourselves and the entire world. Thanks Bruce

Kathleen Austin
3 months ago

Already feel blessed ,am praying everyone will be blessed and you Bruce and your team

Amanda Babin
3 months ago

Great invitation to lent . Glad to hear you reinforcing that God is with us so often I wonder if he is near or listening.

Shireen Nagan
3 months ago

Thank you my first time can’t wait for tomorrow.

Teresa
3 months ago

This is my retreat also, looking forward to it, Many thanks

Maria Montez
3 months ago

I am so looking forward to this lenten season with this program. I pray it brings me closer to our Lord.

Virginia Dosedel
3 months ago

Thank you for doing this. It has always made my lent and I share it often with others

Rosie
3 months ago

Thank you 🙂

Barbara Mclachlan
3 months ago

This is my first Lent retreat with Bruce Downey. Interesting. I look forward to more.

Kathryn Palmer
3 months ago

This is my first too. Thank you and God bless.

Diane
3 months ago

In our heads, hearts and the circumstances of our lives…

Amilia
3 months ago

Looking forward to joining you on this Lenten Retreat, May God be with us and Bless our journey through Lent????????????????????

Averil Kruger Dicks
3 months ago

Happy Lent

Cindy
3 months ago

This is my first time joining this. Looking forward to follow everyday during Lent. Thank you.

Robin Wittenborn
3 months ago

I am also using The Purpose Driven Life in my 40 day journey. “All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why”. James Thurber

Carmel MacPherson
3 months ago

Hi all, this also is my first Lenten retreat, this is my favourite time of year.

Liz
3 months ago

Thank you for doing this

Cheryll phillips
3 months ago

Thanks for beginning this journey. First time with you. Will send to friends. Thanks.

Mary
3 months ago

A new journey with you 2021 ✝️

Ann Bluewings
3 months ago

This is my first retreat, looking to improve to spiritual connection with God Amen

Velma
3 months ago

My first day! Amen. Thank you for making this possible