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Lent: A Time for Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving

Entering into the Lenten Season while helping our brothers and sisters in the Philippines

Lent is fast approaching and it might be good to plan how we will approach the invitation to experience Lenten grace. For some, Lent means that we will again give up chocolate or try to lose five pounds. Lent can also lead us into ourselves so that we can look at our life in the light of the Gospel. If possessions own us then perhaps fasting from "things" might help us to be better followers of Jesus. If our relationship with God or the Church has grown cold and tired perhaps taking more time in prayer might awaken in us a more lively faith. If we are distant from the needs of others, especially the poor then almsgiving could animate our charity. The disciplines of Lent offer hope and healing for those who uncover the call to conversion in their lives.

This Lent individuals and groups are invited to consider assisting the Spiritan community serving in the Philippines who are still responding to the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Peasant farmers who have no land can be assisted with a temporary house for $300.00. If the poor farmer owns a piece of land a small house can be constructed for $1000.00.

Learn more about Spiritan relief efforts in the Philippines.

Groups and individuals from the Duquesne University community are invited to consider assisting the poor whose lives have been devastated by this natural disaster and raising funds to build a temporary or permanent house. Money collected over lent can be donated to the Spiritan Campus Ministry office in Admin. Bldg. at the end of lent. thank you for considering to donate to this worth while endeavor.