LENT: #LiveNonviolence for Lent 2018 with these reflections and resources
Each Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Catholics all across the world examine their consciences, repent of personal and social sin, and seek to witness more vividly to the peace and justice that are explicit in Jesus's teachings, life, passion, death and resurrection. We're collecting resources here on this page for your use throughout the Lenten season to deepen your commitment to peace, nonviolence, justice and reconciliation in word and deed, in personal lifestyle choices and in action aimed at creating social change. Each week we'll be posting and sending out reflections from our member organisation, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, connecting the themes of Lent and weekly biblical readings with nonviolence. You'll see those reflections (and other resources) archived below, and we'll be sharing them over social media with the hashtag #LiveNonviolence.
This is the fast that pleases me:
to break unjust fetters,
to let the oppressed go free,
to share your bread with the hungry
and shelter the homeless poor.
If you do away with the yoke,
the clenched fist, the wicked word,
if you give your bread to the hungry
and relief to the oppressed,
your light will rise in the darkness. (Isaiah 58:6-7, 10)
All praise be yours, God our Creator,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the flowering of justice
and the fullness of peace.
All praise for this day, this season.
By our weekly fasting and prayer
cast out the spirit of war, of fear and mistrust,
and make us grow hungry for human kindness, thirsty for solidarity
with all the people of your dear earth.
May all our prayer, our fasting and our deeds
be done in the name of Jesus. Amen.
(Source: Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1983)
All reflections are used with permission from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns 2018 Lenten reflection guide, Embracing Jesus' Practice of Nonviolence, available for download on their website here. The link to the reflections at the end of each article on our Peace Stories blog will take you to the Maryknoll Office for Global Concern;s website with additional resources like questions for discussion, prayers, ideas for fasting and action, and more.
- Ash Wednesday, 14 February: An invitation to a new path
- First Sunday of Lent, 18 February: The first step takes courage
- Second Sunday of Lent, 25 February: The Beloved Son and the Beloved Community
- Third Sunday of Lent, 4 March: Let us defeat injustice rather than each other
- Fourth Sunday of Lent, 11 March: Rejoice in the middle of Lent
- Fifth Sunday of Lent, 18 March: Love is the heart of nonviolence
- Palm Sunday, 25 March: Announcing the Good News
- 2018 Lenten Reflection Guide: Embracing Jesus' Practice of Nonviolence, from Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
- "A Vow of Nonviolence", by Eileen Egan and Rev. John Dear (Spanish version)
- Go Forth and Live in Peace: Reflections for Lent 2018, by Suzanne Belotte Shanley and Brayton Shanley, from Pax Christi USA
- The Way of the Cross: Reflections Drawn from First World War Conscientious Objectors, from Pax Christi UK
- Ash Wednesday Service: Christian Witness and Resistance, from Pax Christi UK
- Lenten resources on "Care for Creation" from the Columbans