Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 10 March

Oliver Larkin from St Augustine’s parish in Milton Keynes

Oliver Larkin from St Augustine’s parish in Milton Keynes.

Learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed, be just to the orphan, plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:17

Isaiah reminds us what it means to “do good” and, in the gospel, Jesus tells the disciples to listen to the Pharisees but not to be guided by what they do, as they do not practise what they preach.

Who do you take as an example to learn from? Is there one person who inspires you? Who has taught you what it means to do good and search for justice in our world?

Personal inspiration

Oliver Larkin from St Augustine’s parish in Milton Keynes, was inspired to become a CAFOD volunteer when he heard a talk given in his parish by one of our staff.

He said, “I felt I had to put my faith into action in this way. It amounted to righteous anger – why should we have so much whilst others have so little?”

Oliver’s parish has a CAFOD group who organise fundraising, prayer and campaigning.

“We have a group email where the main contacts keep ideas and group projects updated, and we meet as needed before an event to share and allocate tasks.”

A variety of actions 

One of their projects involved making a ‘virtual village’ from CAFOD’s World Gifts so that parishioners could see at a glance the difference that they were making. Even the First Communicants got involved, donating over £1,700 from money they had received as gifts on their special day!

Oliver explains: “Apart from the usual appeals, we have participated in the walk with refugees, hosted a Creation Mass, and one of our members has made cards available, with an honesty box for donations to CAFOD.”

To “do good” can result in so many different and creative actions. What could you do this Lent? 

Lent prayer

God of justice, give me the strength to do what I know is right. Lead me to help others and to encourage those I meet to do the same, so that all people may flourish. Amen.

Act   

Find out more about how you can get involved as a CAFOD volunteer like Oliver.

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