Lent 2014: Pray - Study - Act
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PRAY: Praying with icons this Lent
STUDY: Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
ACT: Join PCI's new campaign, "Disarmament for Sustainable Development"
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Fourth Week of Lent, March 30-April 5, 2014
This PSA e-bulletin (Pray-Study-Act) is for next week, the fourth week of the 2014 Lenten season. We try to send these out a few days prior to the week for which they are designed so that you can use them with your families, small communities, in your parishes and with your local groups. We hope giving you a little lead time will allow you to use them and adapt them as you see fit. Additionally, many of the past PSAs include still relevant prayers and action items, and can be found on our Lent 2014 webpage where we are archiving all of our Lenten resources. 
    So far this year, we have 8 groups who have shared their plans for staging a Good Friday Way of the Cross in their community. In addition to the resources we've made available on the Lent 2014 webpage, Lori in our sales office is offering Megan McKenna's classic "Stations of the Cross" as a downloadable e-booklet, ready for purchase from the Pax Christi USA store. You can click here to check it out. Megan is a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace and one of the most extraordinary teachers and storytellers you will ever hear. I used this little booklet of hers for years in my parish when I was a campus minister and I highly recommend it. 
    If you do plan on doing a Way of the Cross this year, please let me know and I'll add your info to the Lent page.


In peace,

Johnny Zokovitch
Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA
 PRAY: Praying with icons this Lent
Icon by Fr. William Hart McNichols
Throughout the year, but especially during the seasons of Lent and Advent, I find praying with icons to be an especially rich and deep prayer experience. Our church is blessed to have many incredible iconographers, including Fr. Bill McNichols. We have used some of Fr. Bill's icons on the website and in emails like this one in the past. As you pray this Lenten season and onward, we hope you'll consider supporting Fr. Bill's work by purchasing his icons for your individual and communal experiences of prayer and worship. 

Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

By Rev. Chris Ponnet


 1 Sam 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a | Eph 5:8-14 | Jn 9:1-41


Not as a human sees does God see. (1 Samuel 16:6)


On the night before California resumed executions, I stood outside San Quentin. It was a beautiful and quiet night. When the sun began to rise, an evangelical preacher arrived to set up his signs of support of executions. As the press arrived, he mocked me and demanded the press allow us to debate. I agreed on one condition: as fellow Christians we would use only Christian biblical texts. He refused. This evangelical pastor's only support is found in Hebrew texts that Rabbinical scholars remind us that we Christians often misuse, such as an "eye for an eye" (Luke 24:19). We are reminded that as Jewish practice and law developed, executions were allowed only when the 72 leaders were in full agreement, which was set up so execution would not be allowed in practice...

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ACT: Join PC International's new campaign, Disarmament for Sustainable Development

from Pax Christi International


Faith-based organizations and religious communities worldwide are invited to join the "Disarmament for Sustainable Development" Campaign. The main aim of this initiative is to press for an end to the over-funding of military establishments and for the creation of new funds to tackle human insecurity and common threats to the planet. In addition, the campaign supports all efforts to limit or eliminate weapons that impact negatively on communities in conflict zones. Pax Christi International is approaching faith-based organizations to stimulate conversations and actions around this issue.