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February 24

 
Lent 2018

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Read

The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels.  During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity.  As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is "a witness to fraternal charity" and "a work of justice pleasing to God" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).

Reflect

"The more we strive to secure a common good corresponding to the real needs of our neighbors, the more effectively we love them. Every Christian is called to practice this charity, in a manner corresponding to his vocation."  (Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, no. 7)

Pray

Prayer for Charity in Truth

Father, your truth is made known in your Word. Guide us to seek the truth of the human person. Teach us the way to love because you are Love. Jesus, you embody Love and Truth. Help us to recognize your face in the poor. Enable us to live out our vocation to bring love and justice to your people. Holy Spirit, you inspire us to transform our world. Empower us to seek the common good for all persons. Give us a spirit of solidarity and make us one human family. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Prayer based on Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, USCCB, 2009)

Act

Are you putting change into a Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl this Lent? Consider making small sacrifices each day so you might donate more to the poor this Lenten season.


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