LENT RESOURCES

As many readers know, my site has long provided free resources for personal and group use during Lent. This is a service to those who want to respond not only to Jesus’ suffering and death, but also to the unnecessary suffering and death within creation, where God lives and acts, and where we are intrinsically united with the whole.

These aids supplement Christians’ focus on Scripture and provide help to those concerned about the state of Earth, our common home. They follow the Scripture readings from the current liturgical season, taking cues from those readings as to which aspects of creation to highlight. 

Two resources are available for Lent 2019. One is

                                                spirituality.of.soil.lent.2019

This resource is intended to help individuals and groups deepen their appreciation of the precious and sacred gifts of fertile dirt, seeds, crops; trees, current threats to them; and how we can respond in faith. It includes suggestions for music and media.

 

In addition to the Soil resource, my Lent site includes a second option: 

laudato.si’.reflection.resource.

This resource focuses on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical highlighting the unity of all creation, current threats to it, relevant Scripture, causes of the problems, and potential solutions. Participants will read and pray with quotes from the document, discuss them and take actions. It, also, includes suggestions for music and media.

I am truly grateful to all those who have participated in these Lent experiences since they began in 2004. Thanks to their feedback, I have made many improvements. Your suggestions are welcome (terrishcj@aol.com). 

Pilgrimage 2019

Each month the Society of the Holy Child (SHCJ), of which I am a member, posts a short (under 4 minutes) video meditation. This month’s connects the journey of the scholars to Bethlehem (celebrated in Western Christianity on January 6th) to the pilgrimage of refugees seeking shelter and to our own journeys this year. No matter how we interpret the original story and its participants, they give us a model for making our own pilgrimage this year, our own contribution within and to the Universe Story:

What does the Epiphany mean to you this year?

Christmas Proclamation

An expanded Martyrology:

The twenty-fifth Day of December (or thereabouts)

Some 13.7 billion years from the time when, in the beginning, divine power exploded into the void;

some 4 1/2 billion years from the cooling and formation of planet Earth, our home;

some 3 1/2 billion years from the creation of single-celled organisms;

some 4.4 million years from the oldest authenticated hominid skeleton;

some 160 million years from the earliest homo sapiens;

some 130 million years from the arrival of the first flowers;

some 10,000 years from the end of the last ice age and the  beginning of settlements;

some 7 1/2 thousand years from the time of Abraham;

some 1 1/2 thousand years from Moses and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;

some thousand years from David’s being anointed king;

in the 65th week according to the prophecy of Daniel;

in the 194th Olympiad;

in the 752nd year from the foundation of the City of Rome;

the 42nd year in the reign of Octavian Augustus:

Jesus Christ, the eternal God and Son of the eternal God,

desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,

was conceived by the Holy Spirit;

and nine months having passed since his conception, was born in Bethlehem of Judah of Mother mary,

and was made human.

Thus the nativity of Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

May everything you celebrate this special season bring abundant blessings to you and to our sacred world!