Into the Desert

A Lenten message from the executive director of Catholic Rural Life:

On Ash Wednesday, we begin the season of Lent, in which the Church calls us to a deeper relationship with Christ through the practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In this week’s blog, some of our staff have shared the ways they plan to enter into the life of Christ more deeply. We hope that this will inspire some of you!

This is a time to think of ourselves in the “desert” with Christ and to think of others who are less fortunate than we are. Those who do not choose the desert, but are placed there. There are people in rural America who are suffering from lack of food, lack of stable work, lack of spiritual enrichment and lack of hope.

This Lent, we ask you to pray with us for those in need. Rural America needs hope, now more than ever, and we can see a bright light shining from some our friends in rural ministry. For example, Fr. Gregory Mastey, who serves on our board, recently gave a 45 minute talk on the Role of Men in Rural Life at his annual Diocesan Men’s Conference. He outlined practical steps for the men to strengthen and enliven their role in their families, parishes and communities.

What will you be doing to strengthen and enliven your faith this Lent?

By James Ennis, Executive Director of Catholic Rural Life – February 14, 2018