“Sometimes, one may hear people giving up something during Lent as a spiritual exercise, such as eating certain kinds of food, watching television, etc. I think it is crucial that … churches, rather than give up something, give something, do something, or say something that speaks to the sufficient grace of God which we sorely need and desire as Christians. In this penitential season, when we give ourselves to God, we receive so much … “ Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel 



Sixth Sunday of Lent – Sunday, 3/24 – Holy Week 

  1. Read about Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman’s life. HERE  Journal: What impacted you the most?
  2. Read or YouTube the authors of “Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City” (won 2017 Pulitzer Prize) or “Poverty: Made in America”, both by Matthew Desmond or “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together” by Heather McGhee. Journal: Who did you read or listen to? What impacted you the most?
  3. Learn about social agencies in Indianapolis that help people in poverty. Journal: How you could get involved?
  4. Research Martin University in Indianapolis. Make a donation. Journal: What impact has it had on the Black community in Indianapolis? 
  5. Attend a foot washing service on Holy Thursday. Use your feet to go out and tell others the good news. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” (Romans 10:15). Journal: How would the world change if everyone did this?
  6. On Good Friday, Google pictures of the Passion of Jesus created by people of color. View pictures of African American lynchings. Place a picture near a crucifix in your home. Journal: How do these images illuminate each other?
  7. Tell a friend what it has been like using the Racial Equity Calendar. Journal: Summarize the discussion.
  8. On Easter, Rejoice! Renew your pledge to renounce communal racism. Journal: Determine next steps. 

‘What is the most durable power in the universe? And the fact is that Easter answers that question. You wonder about it. What is it that is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos… It’s the power of love. Easter tells us that.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ Adapted from the Lenten 2021 Calendar – Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity – Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth; Author: Fr. Terrence Moran; Layout: Donna Sartor