Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 10 April
I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.
Psalm 26:1-3, 13-14. R. v.1
Ours is a troubled world. Everyday seems to bring news of war, injustice and poverty. I confess I am sometimes tempted to switch off, for fear of being overwhelmed. But when I scratch beneath the surface, I am often surprised – and inspired – by the resilience and strength of our global neighbours.
Kamala lives in Nepal. She is a Dalit woman – the most disadvantaged caste of Nepalese society. Her son is working as a day-labourer in the city of Kathmandu, but her two daughters are still in school.
Two years ago, Kamala was on her way to the market when her life changed forever.
“We did not understand what was happening to us,” said Kamala. “We were being shaken by something inside the earth. I grabbed my two daughters, and pulled them down to the ground with me, holding them tight. Right in front of my eyes I could see my house falling down.”
That day, Kamala and her daughters survived a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Tragically, her husband was in the house when the quake struck and he was killed under the rubble.
It’s hard to imagine the pain this caused. But gradually, Kamala managed to get back on her feet. Our partner, Caritas Nepal gave food for her family – lentils, rice, salt, and cooking oil – a hygiene kit with soap, detergent, and disinfectant, and materials to repair the collapsed roof of her house until she could rebuild it permanently.
Father Pius Perumana was the Director of Caritas Nepal when the earthquake struck. He said, “The thing that impressed me most is the resilience of the people. There is tragedy and suffering but the people haven’t lost hope. This gives me lot of encouragement. I am sure that Nepal will rise again.”
God of life, help us never to lose hope that you are with us, even in the darkest moments of our lives. Amen.
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This reflection was written by Rachel McCarthy from CAFOD’s Theology Programme.