Kerry Weber Answers "What Is Lent?"


Catholic Relief Services and the CRS Rice Bowl program have created a compelling Lenten video series that asks “What is Lent?”. For eight days, I am sharing each of the videos here at the blog. I hope you’ll join me in this brief retreat. I believe you’ll find, as I have, that these videos lead to deeper reflection and increased motivation.

Today, we hear from Kerry Weber:

Kerry Weber, Managing Editor at America Magazine and former CRS Egan Journalism Fellow, describes her experience with Mercy during the season of Lent.

This video makes me smile. Kerry is a great friend of mine. I met her when we traveled together with CRS to Rwanda and have watch her apostolate flourish over the last several months. In this video, Kerry makes reference to her fantastic book Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job. If you haven’t already read the book, PLEASE put it high on your “must read” list this Lent.

As is evident in her video, Kerry’s style is engaging, encouraging and “real world”. She ends this video with the words “Lent is a journey in mercy.” Today, I’m praying about how my Lenten devotions have the potential to make me see the world around me with greater mercy.

Mercy demands that I look around myself, make connections, and–yes–move beyond my comfort zone. Mercy demands that I not only have compassion for those around me who are in need of love, but also that I ACT on that compassion. Mercy demands that I do what I can to make a difference. Mercy demands that I love as Christ did, and as he calls me to in the gospels. Mercy demands that I love, even when it is challenging or non-reciprocal.

How is your Lenten journey calling you to live with greater mercy?

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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