Lent I

Lenten Prayers for Hungry People and A Call to Non-Violence

Lent: Week I: February 22-28: “Jesus Is Baptized And Blessed by the Spirit”

“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming out of the water, he saw the heavens torn a part and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.” Mk. 1:9-10

Further Scripture Readings: Genesis 9:8-17, I Peter 3:18-22, Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 1:9-15

During this week I invite you to identify one concrete way to show your love for God as the fruit of reconciliation with God. Do one generous act for someone else outside of your social realm. Going to the post office this morning I stopped and talked to an Iraq Veteran who is homeless, we talked about his aches and pains and about the difficulty he is having getting support as a Veteran. All we did is talk, and that is all we need to do is give someone simply our time, our care for a few moments. This week rather than “pontificate” on Face book–Look someone in the eye and give them a time of grace.

Our day of fasting for Climate Change is March 16, but I urge each of us to fast in some way each day–one meal, do without dessert or meat or something you love in food–for climate change, for non-violence, for the hungry, and for our own selves that our hearts may be opened to others around us.

Global Catholic Climate Movement Calls for a Fast
“Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” – Pope Francis

In these remarks from his inaugural mass, Pope Francis made it clear from the start that all men and women of goodwill have a responsibility to one another as “protectors of creation.” Therefore, with one mind the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is organizing a Lenten hunger fast as a response to our present climate crisis.

Beginning Lent (February 18 – April 2) 2015, GCCM will organize a global fast for climate justice, joining the year-long #FastForTheClimate interfaith effort. In each of the 40 days, a different country will have Catholics and other Christians fasting.

The United States has signed up to fast on March 16th and FAN encourages its members to join us as we pray and fast in solidarity with those who are most affected by the changing global climate.

NON-VIOLENCE

Each Friday during Lent fast from violence in some form. Some Examples are:

1. Not Watching Any Violent T.V. Shows or Movies.

2. Be Aware of Your Actions while Driving–Watch your anger at other drivers.

3. Watch the Words You Use Against your loved Ones.

4. Write A Letter to Our One of Our Leaders Protesting the War and other Acts of Violence Done In Our Name.

5. Refrain from eating Meat/Fish to show Respect to Other Sentient Beings.

These are just a few ways we can fast from violence, think of other ways, post them on Face Book, You Tube, Twitter, Tumbler.

Each Week We Will be Sending Out Lent Prayers for Hungry People and for each of us to live in a Non-Violent way.

“O Christ, we give thanks that during this season of Lent you come into our lives with God’s salvation. Renew our faith in this good news so that we who are baptized in your Spirit may raise our voices on behalf of those who hunger in our world.” Amen.

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