What are YOU DOING this Lent?
No man is an island. Serving others is part of Lent too.
As Lent approaches, it's an opportunity to consider what we can do to make ourselves and the world around us a better place. It is typical for people to make a sacrifice so they can empty their heart, leaving more room for God, or at least that's how it's supposed to work. Yet, the casual Lenten sacrifice is often too little, taken too lightly. It's time to rethink and commit to a sacrifice of significance.
A better form of sacrifice is one which combines 'Prayer and Action' in a way that benefits others as well as the almsgiver.
Historically, almsgivers ask to be merited by God for their sacrifice. Indeed, those who fast and pray as Jesus said to do benefit. Pope Francis, for example, commonly sacrifices of himself to provide for others. Already a small book's worth of anecdotes about Pope Francis has been written. Pope Francis knows that emptying himself out for those in need causes him to be filled with the blessings of the Holy Spirit. We are transfigured by our spiritual exercise, much like a caterpillar turns into a butterfly within its chrysalis. It's almost selfish -but done correctly it isn't. Done correctly, those around us benefit too.
As a reasonable option, Catholic Team Global offers Catholics the opportunity to donate VitaMeal to feed the hungry. A single VitaMeal donation is a convenient and simple way to translate your personal sacrifice into alms that are given to those in need.
Remember, if you act by purchasing VitaMeal, you will also need to pray to allow the deed to change you. It is not enough to say prayers, and it is not enough to donate something. You must combine prayer with action to experience the change God desires in you.
As a bonus, if you give your Lent's worth of alms now, we will send you a FREE Catholic Team Global T-shirt. It's our way of saying thank you for helping answer Pope Francis' call to end world hunger by 2025.
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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal: Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.
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