|A journey of repentance
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
As we are signed with ashes and hear these words, we are reminded that answering the call to holiness, the call that we received at baptism, is a lifelong undertaking. Lent invites us to undertake this journey of repentance, of conversion, with even greater intensity and intention.
We are invited to join with each other, and especially with our catechumens, in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Doing so, we profess our dependence on God and our love of neighbor. Doing so, we are changed — as we prepare to return to the font, the womb of the Church.
In regards to fasting and abstinence, please allow me to remind you of our Lenten discipline:
• Everyone 14 years of age or older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday (March 5, 2014) and all the Fridays of Lent.
• Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday (March 5, 2014) and Good Friday (April 18, 2014).
• On these two days of fast and abstinence, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal one full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids (including milk and fruit juices) are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.
• To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is a serious matter.
Remembering that Lent also calls us to serve the poor and the suffering, I would like to encourage everyone to take part in the Rice Bowl Program sponsored by Catholic Relief Services. By doing so, not only do we help alleviate hunger in our communities but help to extend Christ’s compassion throughout the world.
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
As we are signed with ashes and hear these words, we are reminded that our journey of conversion takes us beyond this life. We are not saved in isolation, but in community. By our prayer, our fasting and our almsgiving this Lent, may we find that we have opened ourselves all the more to the gift of God’s grace. May we find on arriving at the Easter waters that we have grown closer to Christ and to one another. May we find when this life is over that we will rejoice together at that Wedding Banquet where all tears are wiped away.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Martin Amos
Bishop of Davenport
Full Letter with English/Spanish
Diocesan Prayer for New Evangelization 2014
Official prayer of the Diocese of Davenport, 2014
PDF: English | Spanish
Synod of Bishops to be convened this fall to discuss “pastoral challenges to the
family in the context of evangelization”
– A letter from Pope Francis to Families
One Human Family,
Food for all.
Father has challenged us to proclaim our faith values; and he
has specifically addressed the threats to dignity, and even of
life itself, of migrants.
Iowa bishops and I have issued a Statement on Immigration Reform
through the Iowa Catholic Conference. This statement
underlies all of our Church teachings. It applies from the
moment of conception to the last moments of life and encompasses
all people on earth.
that not only are the vast majority of the people of Iowa of
immigrant descent but that even our Catholic faith is an
immigrant to this great state and nation.
Iowa Bishops' Joint Statement on Immigration Reform
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