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February 4, 2016


I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy.
I would like cheerfulness to preside over all.
- St. Brigid of Ireland


Follow-up to Social Ministry Gathering
Continuing call to "live mercy in our common home"
Catholics from around the country have returned home following this year's Social Ministry Gathering in the nation's capital, but the Church message to "live mercy in our common home" continues.

As Congress considers federal spending this year, the U.S. Bishops urge lawmakers to protect and strengthen funding for programs that serve vulnerable people such as victims of  conflicts and those living in crushing poverty in the developing world.
We encourage our network members to visit the USCCB website to learn more about specific legislative issues. (Scroll down the page to the see list of Backgrounders for download.)

And in case you didn't catch it in last week's bulletin, here is our post from the Gathering.
Alleviating Hunger among the World's Poor
This year marks the 41st year of  CRS Rice Bowl, the largest and oldest Lenten program practiced by Catholics in the US. Through prayer and donations, the CRS Rice Bowl campaign alleviates hunger caused by poverty and eases the lives of families in developing countries as well as here in the United States.

We invite you to visit the CRS Rice Bowl website for links to Stories of Hope, Reflections and even Lenten Recipes. You'll also see sections created especially for Families, Parishes, Universities and other groups.

Creation at the Crossroads
Prayer Intention for February: Care for Creation

Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home is a wake-up call that people everywhere on our planet are in trouble after many decades of environmental degradation. Emphasizing love as a motivating force, Francis calls on everyone -- from individuals to nations -- to do their part to protect the environment.

Creation at the Crossroads
a faith-sharing resource for small groups, can help you respond to Pope Francis' call to action.  This resource was created in collaboration by RENEW International , GreenFaith , and the Catholic Climate Covenant . As a Covenant member, we recommend this resource for our network members. Participants will learn the Church's teaching on the care of creation and the impact of environmental change on the poor and vulnerable.

Click here for other resources on Caring for God's Creation that you can download at no cost.

St. Brigid of Ireland, patron of farmers
A beacon of light to guide us to the Lenten Season
This week we celebrated the feast day of St. Brigid of Ireland. She shines as an example of love and care for our land and animals: "Christ dwells in every creature," we pray in her spirit.

CRL seeks to demonstrate and teach generosity and love though St. Brigid's examples and trials faced in her lifetime. Her trials became triumphs with her pure of heart intents, trust in God and full faith in every aspect of the devoted life she led. 
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