First Week of Lent, March 6-12
Friday, March 4, 2022
Greetings of peace!

We are entering Lent this year faced with multiple tragedies on several fronts — from the new war in Ukraine and the years-old bombing in Yemen to the ongoing loss and grief caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, from the continued threats of white nationalism and racial injustice to the intractable issues of poverty and unequal access to healthcare. These realities are the context for our Lenten campaign of prayer, study and action this year.
Yet Lent presents the opportunity to root ourselves ever more deeply in discipleship to the nonviolent Jesus, to demonstrate the unbreakable bond that exists between an authentic spirituality and our commitment to social justice, between the proclamation of the gospel and the call to practice peacemaking, fortifying us to address injustice, violence, and oppression. To this end, as we do each Lent, we've set up a Lenten webpage on the Pax Christi USA site to gather various resources for prayer, study and action together. You'll find there reflections for holy days and Sundays throughout the season, opportunities to gather in prayer (register here for weekly virtual prayer services each Monday evening), study pieces (not too late to still order print or digital copies of this year's Lent booklet), and invitations to action (we're calling Pax Christi USA local groups and partners to vigil every Wednesday throughout Lent for peace, taking the pope's Ash Wednesday call for fasting and prayer for peace in Ukraine one step further, and we're launching a major campaign for 2022 to transform the military budget to serve the needs of our people and the planet).

We hope you'll find these resources, including weekly PSAs (Pray-Study-Act alerts) like this one, helpful as we journey into Lent. Through prayer, study and action, let us more deeply root ourselves in the spirituality of nonviolence that can empower us to resist and break the cycle of war, injustice and violence.
In peace,

Johnny Zokovitch
Executive Director, Pax Christi USA
A prayer for peace in Ukraine
by Sr Pegge Boehm, PBVM of Pax Christi South Dakota
Christ of Peace,
The first words you spoke to your disciples 
after your resurrection were "Peace be with you."

With us and with all of creation, groaning for peace,
we implore your mercy and forgiveness
as we listen to earth lamenting and people crying,
made poor by humanity’s acts of aggression.  

As your disciples of peace and nonviolence,
May our first words be 
at this time of war in the Ukraine:
“Peace be with you.”

Peace be with you, people of Ukraine, 
whose suffering is our suffering,
whose cries unite with our cries for peace.

Peace be with you, leaders of countries,
whose use of force and aggression
be transformed into justice that is restorative.

Peace be with you, protestors in the streets of Russia,
whose courage puts you at risk of your lives,
inspire us to stand up for nonviolence.

Peace be with each one of us, 
that as we cry with our Ukrainian kin,
we may be moved to proclaim,
“No more war, War never again.”

Come, Christ of Peace, be with us!
>> Join us throughout Lent every Monday for a short Lenten prayer service with the Pax Christi USA national community over Zoom. Service lasts 30 minutes and includes reflection, readings, prayers of the faithful, music, and more. First prayer service is this Monday, March 7 at 8:30pm with a special reflection by Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Nancy Small. Click here to register & read more information.

>> Order a print or digital version of the Lenten reflection booklet to accompany you with daily Lenten reflections throughout the season. Click here to order. Booklets are $2 for print; $1 for download.
Bread Not Stones 2022: A new campaign to redirect
military spending to address the world's needs
a statement from Pax Christi USA
Starting in this Lenten season and continuing throughout the year up to the mid-term elections in 2022, we’re reimagining a campaign that we launched back in 1999, Bread Not Stones, a campaign aimed at redirecting the obscene amount of money the U.S. invests in military spending to the challenges presented by the pandemic, the climate crisis, racial oppression, and economic injustice. Despite the end of the Cold War in the nineties, the U.S. has continued to operate out of the mentality that peace is assured through military might, the manufacturing of weapons, and investment in preparation for war. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary as a movement this year, we are drawing on the lessons of the past to address the issues of the present in order to create a better future. We draw inspiration from the original Bread Not Stones campaign of 1999-2000 in launching this one, Bread Not Stones 2022 with a new statement of our intentions. You can click the link below to read the statement. Please consider filling out the form after the statement to receive more information and to help in the promotion and execution of this campaign through November 2022.

>> Read this article from the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team on how racism is exacerbating the war in Ukraine as refugees flee the invasion..
Global Day of Action against the War in Ukraine;
call for vigils for peace every Wednesday throughout Lent
GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION, SUNDAY, MARCH 6, FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE: Pax Christi USA is part of the coalition supporting a global day of action for peace in Ukraine on Sunday, March 6. We call on everyone who opposes this war to take to the streets on March 6 in a massive display of global opposition to the war and the warmongers. The war in Ukraine is a disaster for the people of Ukraine and a terrible threat to us all, including increasing the danger of nuclear war. We oppose the Russian invasion and call for the immediate withdrawal of all Russian troops. We recognize that the expansion of NATO and the aggressive approach of Western states have helped cause the crisis and we demand an end to NATO expansion. We also oppose sanctions that will harm ordinary Russians and call on all countries to welcome refugees fleeing the war.

>> Lenten Days of Prayer, Fasting & Action Every Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday, members of the Pax Christi USA community (including the Pax Christi Young Adult Caucus leading a liturgy of peace at the Russian Embassy in DC, photo right) joined together in the day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine called for by Pope Francis. We are encouraging our community to take this one step further and to publicly vigil for peace in Ukraine, Yemen, Palestine and elsewhere around the world EVERY WEDNESDAY throughout Lent. We encourage you to send us photos of your vigil and post them on social media tagging us (@PaxChristiUSA) using the hashtags #PaxChristi50, #PeaceInUkraine, and #Vigil4Peace.

Find more resources for prayer, study and action on the Ukraine crisis at this link.
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