How can we hear the cry of the poor during Lent

How can we hear the cry of the poor during Lent?

by Andy Alexander, SJ, Maureen McCann Waldron
Liturgical Year: Lent

Hearing the cry of the poor starts with desire and a few choices. If we recognize a desire to be more attentive to the poor and to grow in solidarity with them, then it is likely that this is a grace we have received. Many things may have happened to open us to this grace, but it is important to name it and welcome it. God has been offering us this grace for some time and perhaps is preparing us to receive it this Lent. If we don't feel this desire, we can ask for it. We can ask our Lord to help us grow in a desire to better hear the cry of those most in need.

Who are the poor? Who are most in need? Who are pushed to the margins of neglect and powerlessness? It doesn't take a great social analysis to come up with some immediate answers, locally in our own world and across the globe. Listening to the news is a beginning. Who is suffering? Who is tremendously burdened? Poverty doesn't always make the news, but being sensitive to the stories we do hear is a place to start.


This is from Praying Lent by Andy Alexander, SJ, and Maureen McCann Waldron.


Andy Alexander, SJ 

Andy Alexander, SJ, has spent many years of his priesthood in pastoral and ministry work.

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Maureen McCann Waldron 

Maureen McCann Waldron graduated from Creighton University with a degree in journalism.

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Books by Maureen McCann Waldron

Praying Lent

Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey

Lenten prayer can be wonderful for spiritual renewal. Praying Lent reminds the reader to focus on what God gives us, rather than on what we give up.

Shop Now

Retreat in the Real World

Finding Intimacy with God Wherever You Are

Retreat in the Real World anyone to make an in-depth personal Ignatian retreat on his or her own time. Each of the 34 weeks of this personal retreat includes a simple reflection, prayer help, and Scripture readings.

Shop Now