Today is Lent Fast Day – a day of abstinence, prayer and giving.
Pope Francis says: “Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security and, as a consequence, benefits someone else, if it helps us cultivate the style of the good Samaritan, who bent down to his brother in need and took care of him.”
This year, CAFOD are sharing their work with the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, in Zambia. When Sister Yvonne visited us in East Anglia she told us about Florence, a woman who was found sick, vulnerable and in distress.
CAFOD’s partners nursed her back to health and then asked her, “What would you like to do?” She replied, “I would like to be a fisherwoman”.
In a landlocked country, this wasn’t going to be easy, but with 500 tiny fish, tools to dig a large pond and training to farm the fish, Florence became a fisherwoman.
She was able then to repay the generosity of her neighbours who had helped her, by teaching them also how to become fish farmers. And she can support her family.
Please give generously to CAFOD, using the gift envelopes or by donating online.