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Holy Week | Sunday March 24, 2013

What the Catholic Church is Saying

Gratitude & Generosity

Gratitude & Generosity

Lent: A Time of Service

“Each year you give us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed. You give us a spirit of loving reverence for you, our Father, and of willing service to our neighbor.”
– from the Preface for Lent, The Roman Missal

Open a Horizon of Hope

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, 2013

To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope! 
– Pope Francis, 2013

Generosity and Sharing

“Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me. Clear.”
– Mother Theresa of Calcutta

Take Only Your Fair Share

“God destined the earth and all it contains for all people and all nations so that all created things would be shared fairly by all humankind under the guidance of justice tempered by charity.”
– Vatican Council II, The Church in the Modern World, #69

Stewardship: Responsible Ownership

“In his use of things man should regard the external goods he legitimately owns not merely as exclusive to himself but common to others also, in the sense that they can benefit others as well as himself.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2404

Love of God and Responsibility for Others 

"Love of God leads to participation in the justice and generosity of God towards others. Loving God requires an interior freedom from all possessions and all material goods: the love of God is revealed in responsibility for others.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope), 2007

Your Neighbor in Africa

“Concern for our neighbor transcends the confines of national communities and has increasingly broadened its horizon to the whole world.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 2005

The Force of Love Moves Toward Justice and Peace

“Love – caritas – is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 2009

Seeking the Common Good

“To love someone is to desire that person’s good and to take effective steps to secure it. Besides the good of the individual, there is a good that is linked to living in society: the common good. It is the good of ‘all of us,’ made up of individuals, families and intermediate groups who together constitute society.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 2009

Lent 2010: Reflect on the Gospel Value of Justice

“The Christian is moved to contribute to creating just societies, where all receive what is necessary to live according to the dignity proper to the human person and where justice is enlivened by love.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Message for Lent, 2010

Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

Our Ministry

Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.

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