Christians around the globe have begun the holy season of Lent. Historically Lent was a time of preparation for Baptism. It is a time when we remember Jesus, his sufferings and the new life promised in the Easter Mystery.

During the weeks of Lent Christians are encouraged to reserve more time for prayer/reflection and also to reach out to others in need. Two Lenten resources have been recommended to us and we wish to share these with our readers.

Since 2008, the Ecumenical Water Network of the World Council of Churches has been providing weekly reflections/resources on water for the season of Lent. Water, a resource that we may take for granted is not available to countless persons in our world.

  • Are you aware that according to conservative statistics, 1 out of every 6 people in the world lacks access to safe drinking water?
  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
  • Water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access, and equitable distribution within the community.

You may want to consider reflecting more on the water crisis this Lent – and ask yourself what you might do. This resource can be accessed:  www.oikoumene.or/7-weeks-for-water.

Another issue that we have been invited to consider this Lent is Immigration.  Pope Francis recently encouraged all people “to broaden our perspective and to hear the plea of other peoples and other regions than those of our own country.” Again, this is an invitation to pray for immigration reform and act to impact our current political reality.

In collaboration with Justice for Immigrants campaign of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, Network is calling people of good will to make immigration reform your Lenten promise. Resources for each week of Lent are available: www.networklobby.org/immigrationlentenpromise

Margaret Hoey