Battles and Weapons

This article is based on the Collect (Opening Prayer) for Ash Wednesday. I wrote this for Ministry and Liturgy Magazine in 2012. I hope it will offer you some moments of reflection and prayer as we prepare for the Lenten Season this week. Let me know what you think.

Broken But Not Divided

Originally published by Ministry & Liturgy Magazine, November 2012
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Ash Wednesday
Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting the campaign of Christian service, so that as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Our parish opens our daily hospitality center by first gathering staff and volunteers around a large table. We gather so people can introduce themselves, to learn names and basic information of other volunteers. We strive to build community with people who offer their presence to others in the morning. A staff member invites someone to read out loud the gospel passage for the upcoming Sunday. He invites people into silence and offers that silence in peace for the community who are still waiting…

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One thought on “Battles and Weapons

  1. Thank you to Father Ron for this article. It fills me with hope that you are speaking against non-violence and war. Violence only begets violence and retaliation.
    It is a topic that we as Catholic rarely addressed by the majority of bishops and clergy.

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