Today, extend small kindnesses to others; smile, allow another driver the right-of-way, open a door for someone, give your place in line to someone else.
There will be a time of prayer and reflection every Friday during this season of Lent from 8pm at The Father’s House.
Hosted by Pastor Augustin, these sessions are open to all – so please feel free to invite guests.
For one week, do not take “free” things (brochures, magazines, samples, etc.) at the places you visit.
For your viewing pleasure via Sivin Kit:
He started a revolution without guns, without an army, without fear. Because one man’s courage can be the most powerful weapon of all.
“If they kill me, I will rise in the Salvadoran people.”
Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his country. This film chronicles the transformation of Romero from an apolitical, complacent priest to a committed leader of the Salvadoran people.
This man of God forced by the unspeakable events going on around him to take a stand – a stand that ultimately leads to his assassination in 1980 at the hands of the military junta.
Archbishop Romero was murdered on March 24, 1980. He had spoken the disturbing truth. Many chose not to listen. As a result, between 1980 and 1989, more than 60,000 Salvadorans were killed. But the struggle for peace and freedom, justice and dignity goes on.
Go for a walk with your family or friends. Pick up trash – to clean the environment – and recycle what you can. If you get cash, put the funds into your collection bank.
Prepare a cold meal and use candlelight rather than electricity. Talk about why you would want to do this again.
Begin this day in prayer. Ask for an opportunity to share God’s love with someone, in a new way. Expect to be delighted by God’s answer.
If you know someone who serves others through an NGO or a mission, take time to talk to them and see how you can help.
This morning, Pastor Augustin shared a challenging message asking us to consider our identity as Christians. He talked about how we need to consider the challenge of today’s Gospel reading (John 12:20-33): to be like seeds that die in the ground before they are able to bring forth great harvest.
He also shared from the life story of Anne Beiler – about how, despite all that she has gone through, willingly gave up her Auntie Anne’s business empire to strengthen families. You can read more about it here: http://thebeilers.com.
Finally, he shared from St. Francis of Assisi‘s life and prayer – that we would consider what we bring to the situations around us: whether we become instruments of peace and add positively to the situations around us or add strife to the situation.
Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
(The Prayer of St. Francis)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
…where there is injury, pardon;
…where there is doubt, faith;
…where there is despair, hope;
…where there is darkness, light;
…where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
…to be consoled as to console;
…to be understood as to understand;
…to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
…it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
…and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Francis of Assisi
Telephone a friend today, someone you have not seen lately. talk about what’s important.