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Lent

Upholding Human Dignity & Human Rights

A collaborative effort of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and the U.S. Dominican Sisters.

“When we struggle for human rights, for freedom, for dignity, when we feel that it is a ministry of the church to concern itself for those who are hungry, for those who have no schools, for those who are deprived, we are not departing from God’s promise. He comes to free us from sin, and the church knows that sin’s consequences are all such injustices and abuses. The church knows it is saving the world when it undertakes to speak also of such things.”
― St. Oscar A. Romero, “The Violence of Love”

The Season of Lent offers us the opportunity to prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter. In this time, we are invited to examine our lives to see where we have fallen short of our vocation to love God with our whole hearts, minds, and souls, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We humbly ask God for the grace to love more fully.

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A Message From His Holiness Pope Francis For Lent 2022

“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a favourable time for personal and community renewal, as it leads us to the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For our Lenten journey in 2022, we will do well to reflect on Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity (kairós), let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10).

Read the full message here: http://bit.ly/2M4Yi2q

Sixth Week of Lent: Palm Sunday 2022

By Website Administrator | April 7, 2022

“The centurion… said, ‘This man was innocent beyond doubt.’” – Luke 23: 47 In the Gospel for Palm Sunday, we hear the story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial and death on the Cross. In the liturgy, as members of the community read var­ious parts in the Passion narrative, we are reminded that Jesus’ Passion is …

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Fifth Week of Lent 2022

By Website Administrator | March 31, 2022

“Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.’”– John 8: 11 In this Sunday’s Gospel, the Scribes bring before Jesus a woman caught in adultery. When they ask Jesus to condemn her, he says, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the …

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Fourth Week of Lent 2022

By Website Administrator | March 25, 2022

“[The father] said to him, ‘My son, you are here with me always. Everything I have is yours.” – Luke 15: 31 For the fourth Sunday of Lent, we hear the powerful parable of the Prodigal Son. In this parable, the young­er of two sons takes and squanders his inheritance. On returning home, he expects …

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Third Week of Lent 2022

By Veronica Brown | March 18, 2022

“I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future.” – Luke 13: 8-9 In the Gospel for this third Sunday of Lent, Jesus speaks of the need for all people to repent of their sins. He tells a par­able of a person who owns a fig tree …

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Second Week of Lent 2022

By Website Administrator | March 11, 2022

“While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.” – Luke 9:29 In the Gospel reading for the second week of Lent, we hear the story of Jesus’s transfiguration. The Chris­tian tradition understands the transfiguration to be a glimpse of Jesus’ heavenly glory, which occurs just before he travels …

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First Week of Lent 2022

By Website Administrator | March 4, 2022

“[The] same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him.” Romans 10:11-12 The Season of Lent offers us the opportunity to prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter. In this time, we are invited to examine our lives to see where we have fallen short of our vocation to love God …

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It’s Ash Wednesday. Are you ready for Lent?

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | March 2, 2022

This first appeared in the State Journal-Register, February 21, 2021 under the title Now! Near! Turn! Believe! Think about what happens when you sight a rainbow. First you see and are caught by the vision. There is an immediacy, a now-ness, to it. If alone, you might give it your whole attention until it fades …

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