Lent is upon us – that time of the liturgical year when our tradition wisely calls us to repent, to turn around and away from all that holds us back from fully experiencing God’s abundant love in our lives.
This year we have a wonderful opportunity to be part of a special Lenten observance – a weekly prayer vigil, starting this Sunday, February 26, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in front of the chancery offices of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis (located opposite the Cathedral of St. Paul at 226 Summit Ave., St. Paul).
This prayer vigil has been born out of the concern and sorrow of countless Catholics over the Minnesota bishops’ spending of well over one million dollars since September 2010 on ensuring the passage of the so-called “marriage amendment,” an unnecessary constitutional ban on civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in Minnesota. Many of us believe that the time, energy and financial resources that the bishops are directing toward supporting the marriage amendment should be directed instead toward actions that reflect Jesus’ Gospel call to care for the poor and marginalized.
You are invited to join with members and friends of Catholics for Marriage Equality MN (www.c4me.org) each Sunday during Lent at the chancery. We will carry the “Catholics for Marriage Equality MN” banner and you are welcome to bring your own signs that respectfully convey the vigil’s message. Together we will pray that Archbishop Nienstedt and all the bishops of Minnesota experience a change of heart on the marriage amendment; that they ‘turn around’ and be open to the love and beauty embodied in same-sex relationships and families. We’ll also be praying that the bishops may be open to the experiences and insights of the majority of U.S. Catholics who support civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.
I hope you can join us for this special Lenten observance. For more information, click here.
Executive Coordinator, Catholics for Marriage Equality MN