Lent 2017

Holy Week 2017

Lent Week Three: Sr. Marleny and Fe y Alegría—Sustainable Farming

Survivors of the Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Notre Dame Mission Story

abc wn katrina 100827 wg 600pxSurvivors of the Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (ABC)
Tanisha Blevin, five years of age,
walking beside Nita LaGarde, 105 years of age.


The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning, the Lord God opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. (Isaiah 50:4-6)



  • What current of communication is represented in the photo of Tanisha Blevin and Nita LaGarde?
  • Did the child or older woman use words to reach and touch each other?
  • What words can you imagine as comforting and healing in the face of loss and tragedy?

There are no stored files or "pre-scripted words" to use to rouse the weary or downtrodden who struggle to survive disaster and near total destruction.

The prophet Isaiah recommends that we turn to the Lord God, morning after morning, with open hearts for hearing what to do and say in our efforts to serve. We learn what is appropriate and needed through our daily and consistent practice of listening to God in prayer. The Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding and Counsel gives us what is needed.



Spirit of the Living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the Living God,
Fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me,
Fill me, use me.

Spirit of the Living God,
Fall afresh on me.

Prayer for Palm Sunday

Compassionate God,
Graciously heear the prayer of all who call upon you.
Teach us how to talk, how to walk and how to serve
in your name.

“Order our steps,” our entire lives,
so that we may bear fruit for You,
while serving with and for those who wait in hope
for your healing presence,
through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Redeemer,
today and forever. Amen.



Sr. Betty SmoyersSr. Betty Smoyer, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) works with women on the edges of society at St. Margaret's House in South Bend, Indiana.

Sr. Betty is a talented musician. As a second career, she became involved with those who visit St. Margaret's House. She ministers to to women and children living in poverty, as they struggle on the margins of society.

“St. Margaret's House,”  April 2013. Mission Support eNewsletter: You Make a Difference

“On the Margins of Society,”  November 2016. Good Works On-Line Magazine.


A video  (1:37:00 length) that engages the viewer to merge Holy Week into daily life and relationships. A true story exposing endurance and patience in listening for the words and doing the actions that are appropriate for healing.

The Soloist, Full Length Movie

An audio interview (0:51 length) between Krista Tippett and Rebecca Solnit which highlights the ability to see and to communicate the wonderful things happening in the midst of chaos, calamity, and hopelessness.

Rebecca Solnit — Falling Together

A music video (5:00 length), prayer in song asking for God to order our words and actions according the Will and Word of God.
Order My Steps