Diocese of Las Cruces
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Las Cruces NM 88005
This creation story, the second of two in the Book of Genesis, shows a Creator intimately involved with the work of creation. God does not form a creature out of clay, breathe life into it, and go on to another project. Rather, this creature becomes the centerpiece around which the entire world is brought into being: a place that will sustain the creature with beauty and nourishment. And God makes him a partner in tending what God has made.
In Lent we recall with gratitude God's immense love in creating us and the world that sustains us. We stand in awe that the Creator cares for every detail of our lives. And we long for our relationship with that Creator to be restored completely through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
March 7, 2014
Friday after Ash Wednesday
Scripture Genesis 2:7-9, 15
The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
—The Way of Faith, Keeping Lent, Triduum, and Easter Time, Liturgy Training Publications
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If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse by clergy or church personnel, contact the Victim's Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Las Cruces at (575) 523-7577, or send an email message here.
Si usted o alguien que usted conoce ha sido víctima de abuso sexual por parte del clero o personal de la iglesia, póngase en contacto con el Coordinador de Asistencia a Víctimas de Abuso Sexual de La Diócesis Católica de Las Cruces, llamando al 575-523-7577, o mandando un correo electrónico aqui.
Looking for Small Group Suggestions for the Lenten Season and Beyond?
This list, put together by members of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities, will be a helpful aid for you parish or group. Many selections are available in Spanish too. Don't wait long - Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014!
• "Open Our Hearts: A Small Group Guide for an Active Lent" Ave Maria Press
• "Lenten Longings" by Renew International. Available in Spanish: "Reflexiones en Cuaresma-Año A paquete para la pequeña comunidad"
• "Longing for the Holy" Spirituality for Everyday Life" by Renew International. Available in Spanish: "Sedientos de Dios"
• "Living the Eucharist" A newsletter by Paulist Press
• "Quest- Small Christian Communities" by Quest. Also available in Spanish
• "Discovering Christ - Following Christ - Sharing Christ" A 3-part Bible Study by Christ Life Ministries
• "Good News People" - A dynamic small group study that the awakens the call to discipleship. By Just Faith Ministries
• "Disciples on the Journey - 2014" by Disciples on the the Journey
• "Prayer Time" - Cycles A, B, or C by Renew International
• "Exploring the Sunday Readings" by Exploring the Sunday Readings. Available in Spanish.
• "Oremus: Let Us Pray" by Ascension Press
Especially For Women:
• "Walking with Purpose" by Walking with Purpose
Special Report Pope Francis
Pope Francis’ year of “firsts”
One year ago, on March 13, 2013, Proto Deacon Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauren stepped out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to inform the world that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, had become the first Pope Francis. It was the beginning of a remarkable year of “firsts.”
Pope Francis’ election marked the first time in 100 years the conclave had arrived at a consensus on only the fifth ballot. In addition to the selection of the papal name of Francis, the reigning pontiff was the first non-European pope in modern times, the first South American pope and the first Jesuit pope.
On Choosing “Francis”
Pope Francis wasted little time in explaining why he had chosen the name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. The pope indicated to journalists just three days after his election that the inspiration had come to him after the Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes had embraced and whispered to him, “Don’t forget the poor,” when it was becoming apparent he was going to be elected the bishop of Rome. “And that’s how in my heart came the name Francis of Assisi,” who cared so deeply for the poor. According to the Associated Press, he then sighed, “Oh how I would like a poor church and a church for the poor.”
United in Ministry 2014
Bishop's 2014 United in Ministry Message
Stewardship as an Expression of Discipleship
—by Most Rev. Oscar Cantú, Bishop of Las Cruces
I. Stewardship is part of Discipleship
Pope Francis has spoken beautifully about being transformed through an encounter with Jesus Christ. He described himself as "a sinner who has been looked upon by the gaze of Christ." That was, also, the encounter of Jesus with his first disciples – every one of them. A loving, challenging, transforming, forgiving, and enlightening encounter with the Son of God. That experience inspired the disciples to leave everything and follow Jesus.
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