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Entering Holy Week: Lenten Reflection

During Lent, Catholic Relief Services and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops encourage you to participate in weekly ‘tiny retreats’ — or five-minute reflections — to better lead you to solidarity with your brothers and sisters around the world.

Among those who work for social change, healthy zeal can easily be accompanied by impatience. When change is slow in coming, doubts creep in like the taunting voices in the narratives of Jesus’ passion. “What can just a few of you hope to accomplish?” they sneer. “The rest of the world isn’t going to change. You’re working so hard for nothing; it’s everyone else who is the problem.”

The solution is community, especially the community of faith. When doubt seeks to paralyze and isolate us, we can lean on the community during the Mass, even when our own mouths are too dry with doubts to say the prayers. We can reach for Eucharist when just about all we can manage to do is show up. And the community of faith, that communion of God and God’s people, strengthens us in prayer when our own faith seems challenged or weak. Read more.

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