Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 3 April

A gender-based violence survivor

Yabida (right) speaks out about her experience of gender injustice in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Lord heard her cry and he roused the holy spirit.

Daniel 13: 1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62

Today we hear the extraordinary story about Susanna, a young woman living in ancient Babylon.

Susanna felt trapped by two elders who, after failing to take advantage of her, tried to get her sentenced to death. Susanna cried out in a loud voice to God, “Have I to die, innocent as I am?”

All around the world, our partners bear witness to injustice and violence against women. These injustices, whether in the home or in the wider society, not only harm women but entire communities.

Together with our partners, we are working hard to tackle gender inequality, knowing that both women and men have inherent dignity in the image and likeness of God.

Tanja Haque, CAFOD’s Gender Advisor, says “Let us break this culture of silence. Let us not be silent, but let us act.” 

Inspired by Susanna, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, may we speak out against injustice in all its forms.


God of all, you hear the cries of our sisters around the world. Inspire us to stay strong when we are threatened, to hope in you, and to speak up for peace. Amen. 


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This reflection was written by Rachel McCarthy from CAFOD’s Theology Programme.

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