Lent 2013: Pray - Study - Act
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PRAY: Bless our journey
STUDY: Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent
ACT: Send a postcard for justice for immigrants
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Second Week of Lent, Feb. 24-March 2, 2013
Greetings of peace!  
This is our second PSA e-bulletin for the Lent 2013 season. In addition to the information below for prayer, study and action, we received a special request from Nick Mele, Pax Christi USA National Council member, who has recently been in Asia as a representative of Pax Christi USA. This Friday, President Obama will be meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan, and Nick is asking that PCUSA members contact the White House to encourage the President to speak to Prime Minister Abe in support of strengthening Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, the so-called "anti-war clause." You can click here to see more information about the clause and how you can take action.
    In addition to these weekly PSA (Pray-Study-Act) e-bulletins, we have set up a special webpage with more resources which we hope will deepen the experience of Lent for you, your family, your local group and your larger faith community. The PSAs will typically be sent out on Tuesday or Wednesday of the week prior to the week for which they are designed. These, as well as the weekly reflections from present and past Pax Christi Lenten booklet authors (like this one from Megan McKenna for Ash Wednesday), will be archived alongside additional resources on our Lent 2013 page
    We hope that the peace of Christ dwells deeply in your hearts during this Lenten season.


In peace,

Johnny Zokovitch
Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA
PRAY: Bless our journey
through the desert of Lent
From Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers


Merciful God, you called us forth from the dust of the earth; you claimed us for Christ in the waters of baptism. Look upon us during these forty days bearing the mark of ashes, and bless our journey through the desert of Lent to the font of rebirth. May our fasting be hunger for justice; our alms, a making of peace; our prayer, the chant of humble and grateful hearts. All that we do and pray is in the name of Jesus, for in his cross you proclaim your love for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent

By Joseph Healey, MM


Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 | Philippians 3:17-4:1 | Luke 9:28-36


"Abram put his faith in God." ~Genesis 15:6


Thomas met me in the parking lot of the office of the Bishops' Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. He had just fled from Torit in Southern Sudan. He told me his sad, sad story as a political refugee. He was thirty-four years-old. Since Thomas was a one year-old, his whole life had been spent surrounded by the turmoil of a civil war.

    His story went like this. Sudan gained independence in 1956. Thomas was born in Southern Sudan in 1957. In 1958 there was an Army coup. Over the next 15 years, there were a series of military coups, popular uprisings and economic crises. In 1983 there was a redivision in the South, the outbreak of civil war, the formation of the SPLA (Sudan People's Liberation Army) and the introduction of Islamic law.

    Thomas was caught in the tragic civil war in the South. He was separated from his wife and three children. Even today he doesn't know if they are alive or dead. Thomas moved around to different places until he finally fled to Nairobi....


ACT: Send a postcard
for justice for immigrants

from Justice for Immigrants campaign


Pax Christi USA has been a supporter of the Justice for Immigrants campaign initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As Congress prepares to look into comprehensive immigration reform, help us show your U.S. Senators and Representatives that Catholics and other supporters of immigrants want our elected officials to enact meaningful and compassionate immigration reform legislation. 


Click here to take action for justice for immigrants.