This Lenten season, my bf and I have been making it a point to say the Lenten prayer everyday, and take time to reflect on the “CRS Reflection of the Day.” This has been a great practice for us, as we continually engage in the Lenten acts of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. At the end of the day, on the rice bowl calendar, we would write the amount of money that we are to put in our CRS Rice Bowl…we don’t carry around that much change and dollar bills, so this was the best solution we had!
Monday, we were surprised to see that there wasn’t an almsgiving “challenge” for the day. Instead, we talked about the preferential option for the poor, and how we are called to empower the voices that often go unheard in our society. The “Option for the Poor and the Vulnerable is one of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching, and it reminds me of a talk I heard from Sr. Helen Prejean once. She mentioned that how we spend our money and our resources as a country, is an indication of what we value and stand behind. How true that is. The “Option for the Poor and Vulnerable” is defined by the USCCB as:
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
Keeping this in mind, we have opted to eat out less, and cook more. Little by little, we make changes, and seek our best to “live simply, so others may simply live.”
You may find the daily CRS Reflections HERE or also click ‘PRAY’ on the homepage and you can find a longer one. A great resource if you would like to have a moment of prayer for yourself or with a group.