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Press Release on Marriage Equality

 

We are a vibrant and growing community of faith where unity is found in our diversity, and where the Kingdom of God is revealed daily.

 

 

We, the laity, and clergy of the American Catholic Church Diocese of California, commit ourselves:


To seek
the Unity of Godís love and wisdom for All, believing that Godís Spirit will complete what was prayed for by Jesus and the subsequent work done ďby human handsĒ in Christ's name.

To service
of others in whatever ways present themselves to us as individuals and as a community, believing that Godís Spirit moves continuously throughout creation, and the gifts, talents and opportunities we embrace and share.


To creating
community among ourselves in order to better discern and nurture Godís call and our ability to minister.


To build
communities, formal and informal, in the world that exemplify the Good News message of hospitality and welcome, regardless of the realities of peopleís past, present or future.

To break down artificial barriers,
welcoming to the Gospel and ministry all people of good will. This is particularly to be expressed in our openness to share ordination, once a call has been tested, with women as well as men, with married as well as single persons, and regardless of a candidate's sexual orientation or gender identity.

      

Lenten Season

 The English word Lent is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning "Spring," and lenctentid, which literally means not only "Springtide" but also was the word for "March," the month in which the majority of Lent falls.

 Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. There are two elements which are especially characteristic of Lent -- the recalling of baptism or the preparation for it, and penance. These are given greater emphasis in the liturgy and in liturgical catechesis. It is by means of them that the Church prepares the faithful for the celebration of Easter, while they hear God's word more frequently and devote more time to prayer." In this case, forty days.

 Of course, the number "40" has always had special spiritual significance regarding preparation. On Mount Sinai, preparing to receive the Ten Commandments, "Moses stayed there with the Lord for 40 days and 40 nights, without eating any food or drinking any water" (Ex 34:28). Elijah walked "40 days and 40 nights" to the mountain of the Lord, Mount Horeb (another name for Sinai) (I Kgs 19:8). Most importantly, Jesus fasted and prayed for "40 days and 40 nights" in the desert before He began His public ministry (Mt 4:2).

 Our tradition during this period of preparation, of making a deliberate attempt to give something up that has meaning in our life, is basically an act of self denial. This Lenten practice provides us avenues to focus our attention on our own need to turn from sin and rededicate ourselves to God. In addition to our self denial, we should also place an emphasis on performing spiritual works, like attending the Stations of the Cross, attending Mass, making a weekly holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament, taking time for personal prayer and spiritual reading and most especially making a good confession and receiving sacramental absolution. Although the practices may have evolved over the centuries, the focus remains the same: to repent of sin, to renew our faith and to prepare to celebrate joyfully the mysteries of our salvation. I remain

 Your Servant in Christ our Savor,

 + Tom Abel

Auxiliary Bishop

 

 
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