Midweek Lent Messages, 2011

The Saints of God

This year, for our Wednesday evening worship services, we will focus on the Discipleship Habit of prayer, and seek to learn from the Saints how to strengthen and deepen our prayer lives. Each week, we will look at the life of one of the saints, to explore how prayer was part of their faith lives.


Date: April 13, 2011 The Wednesday before Passion / Palm Sunday Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Summary: Teresa is best known for her selfless work among the sick and dying in the slums of Calcutta. More recently, it has become known that she, like St. John of the Cross, suffered in a particularly painful way from the "dark night of the soul." Despite her spiritual anguish, she continued to offer herself in service, living as a representative of Christ in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the world. Her love and service is a remarkable example to us all.

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Date: April 6, 2011 The Wednesday before the Fourth Sunday in Lent St. Francis of Assisi

Summary: Francis was an Italian Monk and Preacher and Founder of the Franciscan Order. He seems best known these days for his love of animals, but he had an even bigger heart for those who were caught in the web of hunger and poverty. His believe that Jesus cared deeply for them caused him to dedicate his life to their cause. His example inspires us to pray and advocate for those who are hungry and poor today.

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Date: March 30, 2011 The Wednesday before the Fourth Sunday in Lent St. John of The Cross

Summary: St. John was a Spanish mystic Christian monk, who lived in the sixteenth century. He knew great adversity in his life, and found light and life in his faith. Yet it was the difficult chapters of his journey that led him to articulate the "dark night of the soul" -- and his writings continue, today, to encourage us to deepen our relationship with God, and trust that God is with us, and for us, even when (especially when?) we have a hard time realizing it.

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Date: March 23, 2011 The Wednesday before the Third Sunday in Lent St. Teresa of Avila

Summary: Teresa struggled with her prayer life, finding it difficult to pray for years. But once she gave herself over to a life of prayer, she began to experience prayer at depths she could never before have imagined. Her eventual connection with God in prayer gave her the strength and perseverance to reform the religious order to which she belonged.

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Date: March 16, 2011 The Wednesday before the Second Sunday in Lent St. Augustine of Hippo

Summary: Augustine was a brilliant man, whose teachings and writings molded the thought of Western Christianity for a thousand years after his death. In his "Confessions" he wrote: "You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you." One of his enduring gifts to us is his understanding of the restlessness that the human heart is prone to experience, and the way that a relationship with Christ can soothe it.

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