What is Lent? -replace icons
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 begins on March 6, 2019! The Church Liturgy invites us into this season and a review/renewal of our life and meaning. We follow the ministry and reflections of Jesus as He travels the roads of Judea in meeting people from all walks of life and preaching the Love and presence of the Creator by his word and deeds. Ash Wednesday invites us to “Turn away from sin and believe the Good News,” with the distribution of Ashes. It is a beginning. We are invited to look at ourselves, reflect on what is good and what we need to change as we travel this Lenten path to Holy Week and the Redemption Story. Where are we in the continuation of the Redemption in our world? What is my role? Can I extend a “Helping Hand” to change the world?
The Sisters of Notre Dame invite you to join us on this 40-day journey of change. Each day, perform one positive action that changes you. Your behavior is not regimented but spontaneous. Denying yourself (fasting) may move you to a position of knowing that your action is life changing for you and for others. Connect this action with an Alms donation for the local food pantry; this will influence others. Acts of kindness, generosity, forgiveness, sacrifice, remembrance and adoration performed through Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving can change the world, one action at a time. Students in school are using “Helping Hand stickers” to remind themselves of each action that makes a world of difference. Families at home use the calendar that unfolds here to track each person and family’s actions changing them, each other and ultimately affecting the world. Be creative in posting your “Actions” on your calendar; use stickers, happy faces, selfies and other emojis.
The story of Mission extends through 40 days of Lent and unfolds each week on our Website. Visit www.sndden.org or click here for the journey, the walk with Jesus, with prayers and suggested readings. Mission Stories of our Sisters will invite you into their ministries and to the revelation that God is indeed good!
Sister Leonore Coan, SNDdeN