Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 18 March

Members of an eco-brigade, part of a CAFOD-supported project in Lima.

Members of an eco-brigade, part of a CAFOD-supported project in Lima.

Do not forget the things your eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart all the days of your life; rather, tell them to your children and your children’s children.

Deuteronomy 4:9

Knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation. When to plant seeds, when the rains will come, when fish will be abundant in the river.

Much of this has been lost, as new technology takes over and as more and more of us are removed from where our food is produced.

Even for those who remain on the land, the old knowledge is beginning to fail. The weather is changing and the seasons are no longer predictable.

Children stepping up 

One exciting project being pioneered by experts from our global network in Peru supports children to care for the environment and tackle climate change. 

They have set up eco-brigades in four different schools in Peru’s capital, Lima - a desert city where it rarely rains.

The children meet weekly to find out about topics like climate change and biodiversity, and to learn ways to protect the Lomas mountains, known as Lima’s “green lung”. Fog from the Pacific coast nurtures vegetation and natural life in this crucial eco-system, which is at risk from land trafficking, mining pollution and climate change.

The eco-brigades have started work on a forestation project to help protect the land. The brigade in our photo has also cleared an area in their own school, where they are creating a garden.

Lent prayer

Ever-living God, you remain constant even when all about us changes. Help me to hold true to your word, to return to the roots of what is good, to stand firm in the face of challenges, and to do what I can to encourage hope for the future in this generation and for generations to come. Amen.


Watch the Global Healing film: How faith helps us to care for our common home, from our Catholic bishops in England and Wales.

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