Lent 2017

Ash Wednesday 2017

Ash Wednesday

 Seven Works of Mercy
Scripture
Reflection
Prayer
Notre Dame Mission
Resources

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 Seven Works of Mercy, c. 17th Century, Pieter Bruegel, 1564-1638 (lectionary.library.vanderbuilt.edu)

Scripture

Isaiah 58: 6-7

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?”

 

Reflection

In our daily acts of life, we need to be aware that every decision we make can change the world, one act at a time.

What can I do to feed another person?

  • I can save money by not buying a cup of coffee and donate the price of a cup of coffee to the local Food Pantry program.
  • I can help serve a meal at a local Food Pantry.
  • Marcia Brown, author of Stone Soup, invites a community to share in a meal where each brings a food contribution for the soup.

This is what Lent is about.

 

Prayer

Gracious and merciful God,
you see into the secret places of our hearts,
where we mourn our sins.
As we turn again to your grace, receive our prayers.

Prayers of the People ...

... conclude with:

Look with mercy on our contrite hearts,
wash from us the stain of iniquity,
and create a new and right spirit in us,
that we may declare your praise
and offer an acceptable sacrifice in these Lenten days,
through Christ Jesus, who bore our sins on the cross. Amen.

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

O God, you delight not in pomp and show,
but in a humble and contrite heart.
Overturn our love of worldly possessions
and fix our hearts more firmly on you,
that, having nothing,
we may yet possess everything,
a treasure stored up for us in heaven. Amen.

 

Notre Dame Mission

Eucharia 441x500Sr. Eucharia Madueke is a Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN), Nigeria Province. Presently, she serves in ministry at the African Faith and Justice Network (AFJN). She has expertise in social analysis, grassroots mobilization and organization. Sr. Eucharia’s ministry at AFJN includes working with Sisters in Africa and education in Justice and Peace mandates. Prior to AFJN, Eucharia was with NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby as an organization associate. She also served as a high school teacher, formator, and provincial of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Nigeria Province. Sr. Eucharia holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from he Catholic University of America and a PhD in development and public policy from the department of African Studies, Howard University, Washington DC. (Email: eucharia@afjn.org)

The power of African Catholic Nuns needs to be unleashed, by Sr. Eucharia Madueke, SNDdeN. Global Sisters Report, January 16, 2017.

 

Resources

Parable of the Long Spoons

Ash Wednesday in Two Minutes

Matthew 6

Stone Soup Cover2Stone Soup

Looking Forward     

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) looks back on a very successful first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Wu Hongbo, UN DESA's Under-Secretary-General touched upon the vital role of Member State engagement and national ownership of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the successful implementation of the agenda.

He also looks ahead to a year in which DESA will celebrate 7 decades of supporting Member States on Economic and Social Affairs.

For more stories from UN DESA, see: http://www.un.org/desa