LENT - The Perfect Season for Nurses

From Ellen Gianoli, BSN, MA, RN
President, National Association of Catholic Nurses, U.S.A.


Lent truly is the perfect season for Nurses!  We are familiar with suffering, self-sacrifice, and yet Lent calls us to deeper reflection on suffering, specific self-denial and penance as a ways to grow in holiness.

Since Jesus' image is present 
in a special and unique way within every person, we do not need to look farther than the patient (or family member, or co-worker) in front of us to serve Jesus more deeply.  The Works of Mercy are a good place to start a reflection about how God might be calling us to go deeper into love.

Reviewing the Catechism, the 
Spiritual Works of Mercy include "instructing, advising, consoling, comforting..."  These"are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The Corporal Works of Mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead" (CCC2447).

In our rush to get all requirements of care accomplished, it is easy to become focused on the devices and charting.  A simple deep look into a patient's eyes, a hand on the arm while listening well, a cool wash cloth or a warm one, are those points of loving concern that comfort and console. Remember this rhesus monkey (from psychology class) that died from lack of touch? Let us make Lent a time of closer more frequent touching of our patients in gentle and loving ways.

Have you allowed Jesus to do the same with you? Have you stopped still for a few minutes to let Jesus caress 
your soul, touch your tender heart, give you a cool drink of His nourishing Truth about yourself?

Holy Tender Lent to You, In Jesus Name, Your President,  Ellen Gianoli, RN

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Local Council News
Sewing Seeds in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

NACN-USA's Ohio Regional Director, Janet Munday, BSN, RN, is watching seeds sprout from her outreach work and the article, "The Art of Nursing", featured in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's magazine, The Catholic Telegraph. Click HERE to read the full article. Growth is happening!
  • Archbishop Schnurr supports and welcomes nurses to establish local councils within the Diocese. 
  • New membership is accelerating within the Diocese.
  • Volunteers with interest in a local council are emerging.
Please pray for this effort and for a leader to answer the call to start the Diocese' first local council. 
More local councils are needed in your area!  We're here to help you!  Benefits include: 
  • Developing a network of Catholic nursing peers for support and friendship.
  • Education on Catholic Resources to uphold your nursing practice.
  • Professional development, spiritual growth and focus on prayer.
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Lenten Nourishment Videos 
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Refocus. Reflect. Repent. Renew.

Walking with Christ on this 40-day Lenten journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving is truly a time to be transformed and tenderly loved by Jesus. An important first step on this Lenten path is to set time aside daily to pull away from worldly duties and concerns to "Rend your hearts, not your garments" (Joel 2:13) and dig deep into our spiritual center. Below are a couple of resources to get you started!

Exciting news!!
Trisha de Souza, Artist, Made Marion Illustrated, has created this beautiful image of Blessed Hannah Chryzanowska, with the quote, "What dignity belongs to our profession! Christ in us serves Christ in the Other Person."  Click HERE to visit her website where she is making this print available as a vintage poster.

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