LENT SEASON: On the Journey with Jesus, Our Compassionate Brother
Ralph McCloud





"When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, 'Rise, and do not be afraid.'"

As we walk with Jesus on our Lenten journey, we become aware that we walk with a loving, gentle and compassionate brother.

We stroll with a Redeemer who has our well-being foremost in his heart. As we pace through daily life, we encounter those along the journey who are hungry, tired, bruised, battered and weary. Walking with Jesus, we come to recognize them and our shared humanity. A shared humanity that we also have in common with Jesus.




 


These encounters can cause us discomfort, anxiety, uncomfortable awkwardness and fear. Jesus invites us to a deeper relationship, not just with him but with all those we encounter along life's thoroughfares. And in our anxiety and fear, he lovingly says to us, "Do not be afraid".

This grace allows us to accompany.

Fear seems to be our natural and initial reaction to those who struggle. In that fear and trepidation, we can find the courage of God's grace shine forth intensely. In that grace we find comfort, we find strength. We find a peace that propels us to act to soothe the needs of those we encounter. We enjoy a grace that inspires us to feed the hungry, to comfort the weary, to sooth the bruised and do more than just listen. This grace allows us to accompany.

Pope Francis tells us: "We need a Church capable of walking at people's side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey."

As Jesus does for us, we must accompany those who journey from brokenness to wholeness, a sharing in their brokenness that delivers a fullness of life for both of us.

Pope Francis blesses a boy in the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)The Catholic Campaign for Human Development walks with people throughout the country on the road to healing and wholeness. CCHD connects people to people to overcome hunger, division and injustice.

You can get involved. Commit to learn, pray, act, to seek out and walk with your neighbor this Lent.









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http://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/lenten-reflections.cfm


 

 

 

 

 

APRIL 2, 2017: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT - LAETARE SUNDAY
Father Albert Lakra
Out of the depths I call to you O Lord: Lord hear my cry. Listen attentively ...to be continued

 

APRIL 2, 2017: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT - Cycle A
Our Gospel on this day, the fifth Sunday of Lent, is again taken from the ...to be continued

 

MARCH 26: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT - LAETARE SUNDAY
Father Albert Lakra
There is a story told about a little boy at church with his mother ...to be continued

MARCH 26: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
As we did last week, we are reading today from the Gospel of ...to be continued

 

MARCH 25: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Eileen Burke-Sullivan
I have always been struck by the simplicity of the Annunciation ...to be continued

MARCH 20: Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Maureen McCann Waldron
Jesus had a radically different view of God, one that drew so ...to be continued

 

MARCH 19: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
by Luis Rodriguez
For the second Sunday of Lent, we move from Jesus' retreat to ...to be continued

MARCH 19: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
On this Sunday and the next two Sundays, we break from ...to be continued

 

MARCH 12: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
by Joan Blandin Howard
Remember the first time riding a “two wheeler” without training ...to be continued

MARCH 12: SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
For the second Sunday of Lent, we move from Jesus' retreat to ...to be continued

 

MARCH 5: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
by Larry Gillick, S.J.
In our First Reading for this liturgy, we hear of one garden, two ...to be continued

MARCH 5: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
In each of the three Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) ...to be continued

 

LENT SEASON:
On the Journey with Jesus, Our Compassionate Brother
Ralph McCloud
"When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very ...to be continued

Lent in the Catholic Church
Andres Ortiz
The season of Lent is a Catholic liturgical season consisting of ...to be continued

Living Lent daily
Advent has a wreath. Christmas has a tree. Lent has Ashes ...to be continued

A Lenten retreat
by Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J.
Lent, spring, and the Spiritual life have this in common ...to be continued

 

 

PROPOSALS FOR MEDITATION - We want to offer spiritual texts, which can be of help to nourish our faith and strengthen our life in Christ: they are an opportunity to compare our experience with that of Christian witnesses 'old' and contemporary.

We keep the coming feast of the Lord through deeds, not words - Saint Athanasius
Are we not all one another's brothers? - Theodore the Studite
Christ the high priest makes atonement for our sins - Origen
The mercy of God to the penitent - St. Maximus the Confessor
Hold fast to God, the one true good - Saint Ambrose
A Samaritan woman came to draw water - Saint Augustine
Friendship with God - William A. Barry, SJ
Christ and Moses - St. John Chrysostom
What should I give up for Lent? chocolate? ice cream? soda?
In Christ we suffered temptation, and in him we overcame ... - Saint Augustine
Biblical time: Chronos or Kairos? - Archbishop Christopher Prowse

 

 

 

 

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