March 2, 2022
Posted by ICTC on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 2:15 PM PST
Sign of the Times
Lent is the time of year when the Church asks us to take a deep breath and begin to taste the gifts of life once more, the parts of life that bring the inner mystic in each of us alive.
Lent gives us the space we need to refresh our hearts and quiet our souls in expectation of beginning again to live life well.
We are invited to become conscious of our blessings, and to savor the goodness of the God who is with us always, who carries us beyond ourselves.
Pope Francis has declared Ash Wednesday a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Ukraine. As we begin the 40-day Lenten journey, may we hold the people of Ukraine, and all people suffering from political injustice and war, in our moments of prayer, fasting, and care for others.
- Vigil for Ukraine: 1pm Thursday, March 3, at the reflecting pool outside of the Chapel of St. Ignatius. This vigil will immediately follow the 12:30 pm daily mass, which will be offered in memory of the victims. Organized by Campus Ministry.
- Vatican marks start of Lent with prayers for those suffering 'roar of weapons' in Ukraine (NCR, 3/2)
- The Orthodox world's response to Putin's invasion (La Croix International, 3/2)
- Pax Christi USA’s statement on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (2/24)
- Writer Valarie Kaur lists these resources on how to immediately help the people of Ukraine, and offers this guided inquiry to process emotion and find breath and action in this moment.