As we enter into the holy of season of Lent, we are offered an opportunity to journey with Jesus through our own deserts, face our own temptations, and recommit to God’s loving justice and peace for the whole of creation.
The JPIC Office has compiled below various resources for your Lenten journey this year that connect to themes of racial justice, care of creation, peace and nonviolence, social justice, and human trafficking (Print Version).
We also share with you Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2019 in which he reminds us that, “The path to Easter demands that we renew our faces and hearts as Christians through repentance, conversion and forgiveness, so as to live fully the abundant grace of the paschal mystery… Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them.”
We hope that you find these resources helpful and meaningful as together we work to build communities of justice and peace that honor all of God’s beautiful and diverse creation. May you have a blessed Lenten journey!
Pope’s Message for Lent
Dear brothers and sisters, the “lenten” period of forty days spent by the Son of God in the desert of creation had the goal of making it once more that garden of communion with God that it was before original sin. May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of Christ also to creation, so that it may be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God”. Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion.
Recommit to Racial Justice
This year for Lent, we invite all NETWORK members and supporters to recommit to Racial Justice. We live in a society built on hundreds of years of oppressing People of Color in the United States. We are at a critical time for white people to do the work of racial justice, educating themselves and finding ways to act in solidarity with People of Color. It is crucial that we confront our history and the ways racism continues today, including in our federal policies.
Transform Network “Resipiscence 2019: A Lenten Devotional for Dismantling White Supremacy”
This Lent we have the opportunity to reflect deeply on the ways that white supremacy has infected our lives and our communities, and we have the opportunity to repent. We invite you to be part of the RESIPISCENCE community. We have gathered here a widely ranging collection of daily reflections from a very diverse group of contributors—diverse in identities, theologies, and experiences—and every one of them has something to say about how we dismantle white supremacy.
Franciscan Action Network: “40 Days 40 Ways – A Guide to a Green Lent”
This guide is designed to provide a green environmental context for you to consider this Lent. Despite its title, “40 Days; 40 Ways” is not fashioned as a daily devotional. Dianne describes it as "a range of suggestions for merging your Lenten disciplinary spirit with creation-centered activities." We hope you will consider challenging yourself with some creative action this Lent.
Interfaith Power and Light Calendar: “Lenten Creation Care”
May this calendar remind us to be more mindful of the ways that our daily habits impact both our common home and all those with whom we share it. On behalf of future generations and all living in poverty—those most harmed by our damaged climate—may we answer God’s call to be faithful stewards, speaking out for creation care.
Lose Your Life to Save It
To be aligned with the way of nonviolence is our goal and our hope, and we pray we for it, study it, and act for it. Nonviolence is a holistic endeavor that imbues, elevates, and changes our soul, mind, and body. If first we can align our hearts and our souls with a spirit of nonviolence through prayer, reflection, and meditation, then we can find the energy and guidance from God for how our minds and body are to follow. Find the energy for your work for peace with justice by downloading Pax Christi USA's electronic Lent reflection booklet today.
Broken Lent 2019
Broken is an interesting word to consider as we walk through the Lenten season. We can understand it from so many angles— as separation, destruction, damage, as injustice, as defeat, sorrow, despair. But when approached from another angle, broken takes on a new meaning. We remember, in our broken world, in these turbulent and heartbreaking times for our country and the Catholic Church— The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. We can find strength. We can be released from captivity. We can destroy the chains of injustice. We can break the barriers that keep us from a world where dignity and compassion bring the justice we seek.
Stations of the Cross
Human Trafficking focus: “Walking the Stations of the Cross with St. Josephine Bakhita” https://educationforjustice.org/wp-content/media/2018/02/Prayer-Service_Walking-the-Stations-of-the-Cross-with-St.-Josephine-Bakhita.pdf
Praying the Stations of the Cross for Victims of Human Trafficking (USCCB): http://www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/upload/Human-Trafficking-Stations-of-the-Cross.pdf
Scriptural Way of the Cross: http://www.usccb.org/about/justice-peace-and-human-development/upload/cchd-scriptural-way-of-the-cross.pdf
Peace focus: “Stations of the Cross: Walking with Jesus for Peace” https://educationforjustice.org/wp-content/media/2018/02/Prayer-Service_Stations-of-the-Cross-Walking-with-Jesus-for-Peace-Henri-Nouwen.pdf