How do we pray today? What do we pray about?
We pray in and through the desires of our hearts and the work of our hands.
We pray in the words of our lips and the gestures of our bodies.
We pray by contemplating God's revelation in Scripture and in the experiences of each day.
We pray alone, in small groups, in large gatherings of worship.
We pray where we live and where we work, at congregational gatherings and with God's people whom we serve.

Listen to the wisdom of our Sisters as they reflect on the season of Lent with its gifts and invitations.

 


"Today is the acceptable time, today is the day of salvation" as St. Paul reminds us, at the onset of Lent. Two questions might help us to become more focused as we strive to join the Christian community in the penitential practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving: What am I doing today to help someone who is suffering come down from the cross? What ought I do that the crucified one rise again? ("Today is the acceptable time, today is the day of salvation" as St. Paul reminds us, at the onset of Lent. Two questions might help us to become more focused as we strive to join the Christian community in the penitential practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving: What am I doing today to help someone who is suffering come down from the cross? What ought I do that the crucified one rise again?

— Sr. Sheila Brosnan, SC


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God of our journeys, it is not always easy to walk the path you lay out for us. At times, it takes so much energy to speak out against injustice that we wonder if it is worth it. We know the loneliness that comes from being the voice that confronts abusive authority and the punishments that the "powers that be" can inflict when challenged.

Despite the struggle, we ask that you help us to remain true to your call…. Hold us each in your loving embrace; bring us through the desert times into the joy of living and loving in the glimpses you give us of the promise to come.

— Sr. Arleen Ketchum, SC


Lent reminds us that God calls us, over and over, to conversion. God nudges us to turn around, let go, see with fresh eyes, make room for the new things that God is always doing in our midst.

— Sr. Regina Bechtle, SC


The magnitude of evil and the needs to be met can be overwhelming unless we remember that it is not our work – it is God's. We are called to share in some small way in God's work of building up a kingdom of justice and peace, of love and compassion.

No one of us can do everything, or respond to all. We need to make choices and to focus our energies. But I believe there is one thing to which we are all called as Christians – to allow ourselves to be really aware of our suffering sisters and brothers, even though it makes us conscious of our own powerlessness. We need to allow the suffering of the world to enter into us, to touch us with its pain. Thus is, I believe, truly a redemptive act, and, in God's own way, will effect more than we may ever know.

—Sr. Margaret Dowling, SC, deceased

 

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