The St. Anthony Prayer Society would like to focus the Lord’s graces through dedicated moments of focused prayer.
” As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…’Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart.What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.” – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
March is the time of Lent. What better time of year do we have in the Catholic tradition for connecting with brothers and sisters in need through prayer, fasting and alms-giving. These three ways in which we strengthen our faith, also brings us closer to our most vulnerable.
Through prayer we seek to understand and know God’s love for all of us, no matter how we are clothed or what title we carry. Prayer helps us to bring the suffering of others closer to our heart, as we think about the difficulties people face, and pray that they be alleviated and that the hearts of the troubled will know God’s peace.
Through fasting, we recognize that fulfillment by earthly goods is not true fulfillment, and that we do well to cling less to the comforts we have so easily become accustomed to. In fasting, we realize how those things may keep us from true reliance on God, and how they may also create a divide between ourselves and those who go without.
Alms-giving is a free act which acknowledges our reliance on each other, and brings us closer in community as we share the things which sustain us. Through giving, new life is given to so many who come to us seeking hope.
For the month of March, let us offer prayers for our brothers and sisters in need, that they may be seen and lifted up by the communities around them, and for us, that we may be made closer to our vulnerable by acknowledging our own vulnerability.
Recently, our CEO, Andy Barton, published an article on seeing our homeless with our hearts: Click here to read: A Heart for our Homeless This Lent.
Let Us Pray Together:
This Season of Lent, we are reminded of Your greatest gift to mankind, Your Son Jesus. Through Jesus teachings and sacrifices, we learn the value of selflessness and of giving. Through giving we feel more blessed. May You always guide and bless us to be more giving to our brothers and sisters that have less or nothing in life. Please bless us that we can give more to those in need.
Lord, we pray that You bless those most broken in our world. Provide them with courage and hope to face any adversities they encounter and heal them from all pain and suffering. May they continue to see the beauty of life and find comfort in their distress. We pray Lord, that You bless the hearts of your people, that they may learn to accept, respect and show compassion to our most vulnerable.
Thank you Father for all of the staff and volunteers at Catholic Charities. Please continue to bestow upon them the blessing of the Holy Spirit that they continue their noble work in helping our vulnerable brothers and sisters in need. May they continue to embody the spirit of Lent in all that they do, in all the days of the year. Bless us all that we may continue to keep the fire in our hearts to help make positive impact in the lives of our homeless, sick, poor, immigrants, elderly, disabled, and needy brothers and sisters.
In Jesus name, Amen