Participating in CRS Lenten Rice Bowl is also an excellent way to implement our efforts to focus on the priorities of Family, Faith Formation, Youth and Young Adults, and Leadership in our Stewards of the Gospel Diocesan Plan.
~ Bishop Larry Silva
Lent is a time when we are called to encounter Jesus through our brothers and sisters, especially those most in need.
Jesus made that clear from the way he lived, the message he preached. Pope Francis makes that clear by his own daily example. And we have a host of holy men and women who have come before us, who have gone to the margins of society so that every member of our human family might know the love of God.
Now, it’s our turn. With the spiritual pillars of Lent at our disposal, we set out on a 40-day journey, a journey of encounter with ourselves, our neighbors and our God.
- Through prayer, we encounter Christ, present in the faces of every member of our human family, so often still walking that long road to Calvary.
- Through fasting, we encounter our own obstacles, those things about ourselves that prevent us from loving God and neighbor.
- Through almsgiving, we encounter our brothers and sisters around the world, asking what we can give up so that others might have life to the fullest.
Lent is our time to encounter, to cultivate a spirit of global solidarity. CRS Rice Bowl is not only about collecting money in a cardboard box. It is a symbolic box full of hope, prayers and opportunities to deepen our faith as One ‘Ohana. Catholic Relief Services provides a Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities to share our Lenten sacrifices with each other, while transforming lives.
For 40 years, CRS Ricebowl has collected more than $250 million to support programs that help prevent hunger and poverty around the world. Help us continue the tradition of encountering Jesus through the most vulnerable and making a difference in so many lives.
For more information on how you can be a part of this movement, visit the global CRS Ricebowl website.