What is Lent?
Lent is forty days of preparation for Easter. During Lent, we are encouraged to participate in three actions: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In these three ways, we grow closer to God, to our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ and become more the persons God has created us to be.
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You can change the World!
Lent 2017 is an invitation to all of us to look at ourselves and make changes. Each year we are given 40 days to take the next step on a journey toward Easter and to become aware of the presence of God through our daily lives. We encourage each other to take positive steps to change ourselves and ultimately change the world, one step at a time.
The Sisters of Note Dame de Namur invite you to join us on this journey. Each day, take one positive action that changes you. Our behavior is not regimented but spontaneous. Together we can make a difference. Acts of kindness, generosity, forgiveness, sacrifice, remembrance and adoration performed through Prayer, Fasting and the Giving of Alms - can change the world, one act at a time.
Choose random ACTS over 40 days, starting on Ash Wednesday and completing your 40-day journey on Palm Sunday. As you begin Lent, if you mark ONE ACT a day, what will your calendar look like? Will your Lenten journey prepare you for Holy Week with a changed heart and spirit? On your journey, please include almsgiving as a sharing of resources. Prepare a recycled container for your contributions. At the end of this Lenten journey, gather all your generosity/sacrifice contributions and send them to the Congregational Mission Office for the ministries where our Sisters are in service.
The Story of Mission extends 40 days in Lent and unfolds on our Website. Each week, read a story of care for our common home in the lives of communities in our Notre Dame family. Pope Francis encourages us to make a difference by our choices, care of the earth and care for each other.
May your journey this Lent open your heart to God’s love and a better understanding and concern for our Common Home.
Sister Leonore Coan, SNDdeN
Director of Mission Support