“Let us not grow tired of praying. Jesus taught us to “pray always without becoming weary” (Lk 18:1). We need to pray because we need God. Thinking that we need nothing other than ourselves is a dangerous illusion." From Pope Francis Lenten message 2022.
Week two: Let us not grow tired of praying
Jesus taught us to “pray always without becoming weary” (Lk 18:1). We need to pray because we need God. Thinking that we need nothing other than ourselves is a dangerous illusion. If the pandemic has heightened the awareness of our own personal and social fragility, may this Lent allow us to experience the consolation provided by faith in God, without whom we cannot stand firm (cf. Is 7:9). No one attains salvation alone, since we are all in the same boat, amid the storms of history; and certainly no one reaches salvation without God, for only the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ triumphs over the dark waters of death. Faith does not spare us life’s burdens and tribulations, but it does allow us to face them in union with God in Christ, with the great hope that does not disappoint, whose pledge is the love that God has poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.’ (cf. Rom 5:1-5). From Pope Francis Lenten message 2022.
Prayer of the Faithful starter:
Let us not grow tired of praying. We get so distracted and often just don't know the words to say. Let us pray for the wisdom of knowing our need for God, trusting that Jesus is fully attentive to our struggles. Give us the strength and courage to live this Lenten season faithfully.
Invocation: E te Ariki …
Response: Whakarongo mai rā ki a mātou
Read the complete Message from Pope Francis for Lent 2022
Gn 15:5-12,17-18 The Lord made a covenant with Abram.
Ps 27: 1,7-8,8-9,13-14 Response: The Lord is my light and salvation.
Phil 3:17-4:1 Stand firm in the Lord, beloved.
Lk 9:28b-36 From the shining cloud the Father's voice is heard:
'This is my beloved son, hear him.'
Let us not grow tired of praying
Called to be Peacemakers - Lent 2022
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
Go their website HERE
Scroll down to a long list of resources to download. For example:
Lent resource kit 2022
Way of the Cross
Lenten Reflection Programme booklet in both English and Te Reo Maori
Homily Studio podcast for a 30-minute conversation about the scriptures for Sunday. HERE
Guide to the Lent Readings by Fr Adrian Graffy
Go to www.whatgoodnews.org
Some Lenten Practices
A few interesting ideas HERE
More resources will be added as we progress through the weeks in Lent.