As we begin Lent with Ash Wednesday,
we’re reminded that we cannot control everything in our lives, but we pray with confidence that God hears us. Pope Francis believes that the pandemic has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble St. Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.” The Pope has proclaimed 2021 the “Year of St. Joseph.” A man who teaches the value, dignity, and joy of work, St. Joseph has been named the Protector of our Congregation. As it is written in the Fundamental Principles, we “share the love of God with the world through our own giftedness” by giving of ourselves through service as we draw closer to the heart of Jesus we move closer to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Over the next 40 days of Lent, we invite you to take some time to reflect and pray with us as St. Joseph guides our journey, for the unique mission of the Xaverian Brothers. The suffering caused by the pandemic has given us more reasons to seek together consolation in prayer. The Fundamental Principles of the Xaverian Brothers remind us to make “God’s Word our Home.” We turn to God in prayerful gratitude for the many ways our mission “manifests God’s care and compassionate love” to our neighbors, near and far. Beginning today we will post a reflection which will “reveal the mysterious ways of God” in our mission. We hope you will share these places where we find God with your social media friends.
We are especially grateful for you and all who are part of the Xaverian mission, and pray that you know God’s mercy this Lenten season.
Day 1 – February 17, 2021: Ash Wednesday
Day 6 – February 22, 2021
Day 7 – February 23, 2021
Day 8 – February 24, 2021
Day 9 – February 25, 2021
Day 11 – February 27, 2021
Day 19 – March 7, 2021: Third Sunday of Lent
Day 33 – March 21, 2021: Fifth Sunday of Lent