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Monthly Prayer Page: March

Welcome to the Jesuit Missions Monthly Prayer Page. Here you will find topical prayers and different prayer styles to help broaden and deepen your prayer life in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality

JM Prayer Focus: Lent

Kyrgyzstan 2017

    There are three important ways to grow closer to God during Lent:

Fasting, Giving and Praying

To fast is to give up something we like. We may give up something we like to eat or drink. When you think about it, God gave us all the wonderful things we enjoy. When we go without them for a while, it makes us appreciate God’s gifts more than ever. Being thankful to God is an important part of Lent.

There are many ways of giving. We can give our time to people who need our help. This could be in our own families or at school or work. As a family we can also give. One family we know has recently supported some orphaned children in Zimbabwe, who really have nothing. Each member of the extended family is looking after a different child and they will send over some new clothes and other bits and pieces to their “adopted” child. What a difference that will make to the lives of these children!

Christmas Appeal, Zimbabwe 2017

Lastly Prayer, which is speaking to God and listening to him speaking to us. If we get into the habit of praying more each day, we will realise how close God is to each of us. We will learn how much he loves us and how he would like us to live our lives. God is our most forgiving and understanding Father. He is always ready to help us.

So during the next few weeks, leading up to Easter, let us make a big effort to either Fast, Give or Pray. Perhaps even all three!

Perhaps you can reflect on what Jesus did for us and how we might try to do something more for him during Lent.

Final words of wisdom:

“I would rather say five words devoutly with my heart than 5000 which my soul does not relish with affection and intelligence. Sing to the Lord with understanding: what a man repeats with his mouth, that let him feel in his soul” (St Edmund of Abingdon)

 Jesuit Missions Lenten Reflection:

A phrase that really resounded for us at Jesuit Missions during this prayer was the idea that “in the midst of darkness something new always springs to life and sooner or later produces fruit”. This Easter concept of responding to the problems in our world is what drives us in our work. For example, our London Marathon team  are raising vitally needed funds. Hopefully our work can help justify Pope Francis’ earlier statement that “however dark things are, goodness always re-emerges and spreads”.

Good luck with this prayer and every blessing to you and your loved ones during this Lenten and Easter Period.