Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 17 March - St. Patrick's day

Ivy outside a hospital in Zimbabwe CAFOD Lent

Ivy works at a hospital in Zimbabwe. She is full of joy and prays to God every day.

God is the shield that protects me.

Psalm 7:2-3, 9-12. R. v.2

Ivy has been working at Mtora Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe for over 20 years. She welcomes the pregnant mothers who come to the clinic and checks their blood pressure. She also cleans the floor, which helps protect women from the risk of infection.

Ivy prays to God throughout the day. She says, “The patients feel comfortable with me. When they’re with me, I pray with them. When my day is not going well, I pray and tell God. Then my heart settles and I feel relieved.”

When we feel tempted to say the wrong thing, to complain, or if we’re simply having a bad day, let us remember Ivy. Let’s take a moment to speak to God, who we hope will give us strength to continue.

Lent prayer

God of night and day, help us to turn to you, and to place our hope in your redeeming love. Amen.  


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