Lent 2013: Pray - Study - Act
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PRAY: A contemporary adaptation of Isaiah 58:1-12
STUDY: Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent
ACT: March for justice for farmworkers
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Third Week of Lent, March 3-9, 2013
Greetings of peace!  
This is our third PSA e-bulletin for the Lent 2013 season. 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. These resources, 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: A contemporary adaptation
of Isaiah 58:1-12 
by Art Laffin


Shout out, don't hold back.

Lift up your voice like a trumpet.

The U.S. empire is the greatest purveyor of violence 

in the world today!

The Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and corporate, political, 

and military powers worldwide conspire to control the earth,

crush the poor, and persecute the peace and justice makers.


Yet, day after day, 

the rulers and countless people invoke my name,

as if they practiced righteousness 

and did not forsake the ordinance of their God.

They delight to invoke my name to bless their violent deeds.

They even use my name to bless their wars and their weapons.

We practice good religion, they say.

We pray and serve our country well.

We keep good law and order.


Look, you serve your own interests, not mine says Yahweh...


To read the entire prayer, click here.

Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent

By Jeannine Gramick, SSND


Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15 | 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 | Luke 13:1-9


As I jogged one morning around the retreat house where I had come to ponder future choices, I looked down at my sneakers. They were just the right shoes for this exercise-not too tight, not too loose.



     The sneakers became a metaphor for the alternatives before me. There were many options I could walk into. Some were like shoes that were too tight; others, like sandals that were too loose. I could certainly walk in shoes that would cramp my feet or ones that felt unfastened or untied, but they would eventually ruin my feet. I needed to find the proper fit that would be comfortable and contribute to my well-being.

    That's what God's will is like-shoes that fit just right! Maybe that is why Moses had to remove his shoes when Yahweh spoke to him on Mt. Sinai. Maybe his shoes were too tight or too loose. The proper fit was to be in right relationship with Yahweh, to follow God's will....


ACT: March for justice for farmworkers; support the march from afar

from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers


Pax Christi USA has been a supporter of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers since the late-nineties, and this March we have the opportunity to again lend our voices, feet and witness in support of farmworkers. From March 3-17, members of the CIW and their allies will be marching 200 miles from Ft. Myers, FL to Lakeland, FL where grocery giant Publix Supermarkets has their headquarters. The workers have been trying to engage Publix in support of their efforts for several years now but with no response to their demands from Publix. 


The CIW has set up a website for the March which will highlight how you can support marchers from afar as well as information on how you can march with them if you live in Florida or will be visiting (perhaps for Spring Break?) during the two weeks they will be marching. 


Click here for more information about the march.


Below is the link to the page where information will be to support marchers and workers. Check back in the days to come if information has not been added. (As of the time I am writing this, it still says "Check back soon for details.")


Click here to join the marchers, support marchers or engage from afar.