Brothers and Sisters All

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

This year, the focus of the guide is on Pope Francis' Fratelli Tutti ("Brothers and Sisters All"), a new encyclical on dialogue and social friendship.

“Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all.”
- Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti

In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis models a sort of Lenten-style of “examination” of the challenges and social sins facing our world. He calls us to personal reflection and repentance for the ways in which we fail to recognize our neighbors as “brothers and sisters” and contribute to the social and ecological crises facing our world today.

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A Message From His Holiness Pope Francis For Lent 2021

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem” (Mt 20:18)
Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus revealed to his disciples the deepest meaning of his mission when he told them of his passion, death and resurrection, in fulfilment of the Father’s will. He then called the disciples to share in this mission for the salvation of the world.

In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). During this season of conversion, let us renew our faith, draw from the “living water” of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God, who makes us brothers and sisters in Christ. At the Easter vigil, we will renew our baptismal promises and experience rebirth as new men and women by the working of the Holy Spirit. This Lenten journey, like the entire pilgrimage of the Christian life, is even now illumined by the light of the resurrection, which inspires the thoughts, attitudes and decisions of the followers of Christ...

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First Week of Lent 2021

February 16, 2021

“The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days…”  Mark 1: 12 In this first week of Lent, we invite you to reflect on two stories of transformative encounters from the Gospels: the story of Jesus’ baptism and the parable of the Good Samaritan. The first story …

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Second Week of Lent 2021

February 23, 2021

“Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them…”   Mark 9: 2-3 In the readings for the second Sunday of Lent, we hear the challenging story of Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac, followed by the story of Jesus’ transfiguration before three disciples …

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Third Week of Lent 2021

March 9, 2021

“Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area…” John 2: 13-15 For this third week of Lent, the Scripture readings center …

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Fourth Week of Lent 2021

March 15, 2021

“But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that their works may be clearly seen as done in God.”  – John 3: 21 In this week’s Gospel, we hear perhaps the most fa­mous passage from the New Testament: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoev­er believes …

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Fifth Week of Lent 2021

March 21, 2021

“[Unless] a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”  – John 12: 24-25 In this week’s Gospel, as we approach Palm Sunday, Jesus is increasingly clear about the demands of Chris­tian discipleship. “Whoever loves his life loses it, …

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Sixth Week of Lent: Palm Sunday 2021

March 28, 2021

“Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself…becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2: 6, 8 In this last week of Lent we reflect on the readings for the Passion, read …

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