By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications
It’s hard to believe that we’re three weeks away from Holy Week. If you’re looking for ways to make the most of the remaining weeks of Lent, I offer 5 quick takes below:
1. To the men in our diocese: join the 1,000+ men who are attending the Men’s Conference this weekend as they learn how to claim “Victory Over the Common Enemy.” Even though registration is closed for tomorrow’s event, we are recording all of the speakers and will make them available to you via our social media accounts (see the bottom of this post) and our website.
2. Suffering endured with joy will transform the world. This is the theme of the Diocesan Women’s Conference taking place on March 28. If you have not yet registered for the event, don’t miss the chance to attend the largest annual gathering of women in the diocese. At the conference, you’ll hear the powerful stories of Kerri Caviezel and Kathleen Wilson while having the opportunity to share your faith and hear the personal testimonies of others. For more information and to register, visit www.arlingtondiocese.org/women.
3. We invite you to continue to participate in The Light Is ON For You initiative and encourage you to take advantage of the Sacrament of Confession on Wednesday evenings throughout our diocese and the Archdiocese of Washington. And you can still text 84576 to receive daily reflections via text message or email, which are archived here daily.
Consider sharing our video on Confession. Bishop Loverde calls us each to invite just one person to encounter Christ. Sharing this video is a low-risk way of inviting your loved ones and community to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As Bishop Loverde says, “When we risk for Christ, we know that we will win big.”
4. Click here for some spiritual reading about the pillars of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — in Bishop Loverde’s column about how to combat the “globalization of indifference.”
How easy it is to pass by the poverty and suffering in our neighborhoods when we are busy and distracted! How much time do we spend in front of screens, wrapped up in a virtual community when real people, in the flesh, are in our midst and can be readily seen? These are the moments in which the Holy Father’s message should ring in our ears: “I want a church that is poor and for the poor!”
5. Lastly, I share with you an excerpt from my own Lenten reading from the Holy Father. I hope it provides some inspiration for you as you continue to reflect on the Father’s mercy.
“It will do us good to shake up our souls with the prophetic force of the Gospel, which places us in the truth about things by stirring up the layers of fallen dead leaves of human weakness and complicity that can create the conditions for corruption. It will do us a lot of good, in the light of God’s word, to learn to discern the different states of corruption that surround us and threaten to lead us astray. It will do us good to say to one another again, “yes I’m a sinner; but no, I’m not corrupt!’ – and to say it with fear, lest we accept the state of corruption as just another sin.” –Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis), The Way of Humility
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