Lent 2015: Pray - Study - Act
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PRAY: Prayer for calm
STUDY: Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
ACT: Help bring about peace in the Holy Land
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Fifth Week of Lent, March 22-28, 2015
This PSA e-bulletin (Pray-Study-Act) is for next week, the fifth week of the 2015 Lenten season. Past PSAs include still relevant prayer, study and action items, and can be found on our Lent 2015 webpage where we're archiving all of our Lenten resources. 
    I've added more Good Friday Way of the Cross events on this page in case you are still looking for one near you.


In peace,

Johnny Zokovitch
Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA
 PRAY: Prayer for calm
O God,
calm me into a quietness
that heals
and listens
and molds my longings
and passions,
my wounds
and wonderings
into a more holy
and human

From Ted Loder in Guerillas of Grace
Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

By Dorothy Stoner, osb


Jer 31:31-34 | Heb 5:7-9 | Jn 12:20-33


In a time when it has become necessary to organize "Stop the Hate" vigils throughout the United States, the Scripture readings for today cry out to be heard. When a bureaucracy that claims to be rooted in the Wisdom of God can write and teach that some people are "intrinsically disordered" because of their sexual orientation, thee readings need to be heard. Because we know that an extremely disproportionate number of young black males are incarcerated each year, we need to be attentive to these readings.

    As we remember faithful, reconciling ministers like Jeannine Gramick, SL and Bob Nugent, a Salvatorian priest, being forbidden to work with the gay and lesbian people they love because of what they hold within the privacy of their own consciences or because they don't use the precise words required by authorities, we know we need to listen to these readings.

    After reading and viewing countless news stories that report of angry, bitter crowds of people demanding the death penalty be imposed; of schools, churches, and individuals being targeted for acts of violence; of U.S. government policies being developed and implemented in such uneven ways; of ethnic and religious cleansing continuing day after day, in place after place, we are reminded that we need to learn from these readings.... 


ACT: Help bring about peace in the Holy Land

from Catholic Relief Services


This Lent, help bring about peace in the Holy Land by asking your Senators and Representative to support CRS's efforts to bring shelter to many of the 100,000 people in Gaza who are now homeless; oppose efforts to punish Palestinians by cutting or unduly restricting funding for humanitarian relief and other crucial support to the Palestinian people; and encourage Israeli and Palestinian leaders not to give up on the peace process. 


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