Pray. Fast. Give.

Morning Prayer:
February 8, 2016
Prayer by Fr. Joel Konzen, S.M., Principal

Good morning!  As we’ve done before, we’ll be concentrating as a community on a simple trio for Lent, and that’s pray, fast, and give. In the first part, pray, I see or hear pretty often a word of thanks for the prayers offered for someone’s health or to keep someone in mind for a particular reason. These days, as busy as we are, it’s one of the greatest acts of love we can commit, to take a little bit of our time and devote it to God and to the needs of others. The fasting, as you know, will remind us of the roles of fast and abstinence required of Catholics, but we’ll also be emphasizing not wasting precious resources in a world where there is a lot of need. Any time we can avoid waste, to take only what we need, to eat what we have taken, and to use electricity, water, paper, and plastic sparingly, we’re aiding someone else and keeping costs down, not just here at Marist but as a way of life. And when it comes to giving, there are plenty of opportunities. This year again we’ll be working with CRS, Catholic Relief Services, to offer something meaningful to people in great need: refugees, children, poor villagers, and those who long for an education.

So, when you get the ashes on Wednesday, maybe you’ll be able to think “Pray, Fast, Give”—that we will be entering a time for some sacrifice, a time for some self-examination, a time for generosity.

Let us pray.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. O God, you sent your son Jesus, as it says in John’s gospel, so that we might have life and have it abundantly. Help us to recognize that abundance in our daily life. Move us to share with others, to care for the earth and all that we have been given, and to take time to thank you for the care you show us. Grant that we might grow in holiness and happiness by sharing in Jesus’s sacrifice, and, once our Lenten penance is past, may we come to rejoice with him in the resurrection. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

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