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2/24/2014 (1 year ago)

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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.

Does giving up the things we give up really make a difference for others?

Does giving up the things we give up really make a difference for others?

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/24/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Lent / Easter

Keywords: Lent, sacrifice, help, ooor, world hunger, prayer and action


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It is time to consider the nature of our typical Lenten sacrifices. Are they substantive enough to change us and help others in the process? What are we doing to really make the world a better place when we give up chocolate?

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.

Why wait? CLICK HERE TO ACT NOW
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The hungry cannot wait! Give one now.
Give a sacrifice that will last through Lent.



Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

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Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



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