Lent calendar reflection for 23 February – Lent Family Fast Day

Mother in Zimbabwe - CAFOD in Lent

Marian from Zimbabwe is happy to see her children grow healthy and strong, thanks to a community vegetable garden. Please fast, give, and pray for Marian this CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day.  

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Psalm 129 R. v.3

Today we give thanks and praise to God, who uplifts us with loving mercy.   

Pope Francis explains, “The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us. He feels responsible; that is, he desires our wellbeing and he wants to see us happy, full of joy, and peaceful. This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel.”

Today is Lent Family Fast Day. Today you can help bring God’s mercy to our family across the world.

You may remember Marian who lives in Zimbabwe. Marian’s body ached from hunger. She struggled on her own to provide for her family. And it broke her heart to see her children go hungry. 

A garden of hope

You have helped turn heartbreak into hope for Marian and her family.

Marian joined a community vegetable garden, which is set up thanks to your donations and supported by our partner Caritas Gokwe.

She works hard to grows carrots, spinach and butternut squash. Her children now have the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. Most of all, the garden gives Marian hope for the future.

“My life is different now,” she says. “We are now more of a family in our community. Caritas has brought us together.”

Marian is happy to see her children grow healthier every day. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of people like you. She says: 

“I’m very grateful to CAFOD supporters for what they’ve done. You have been a bridge from a place of suffering to a better world. If I were to meet you, it would be such a blessing. I’d like to ask you, what drives you to give to others? Is it your kindness?”

Thank you for witnessing God’s love for our sisters and brothers around the world.

Lent Fast Day prayer

Everlasting God, help us to share generously as one global family, and to hold onto hope for a world transformed. Amen.

Download our Fast Day prayer


Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Lent Appeal. Your gifts will change lives around the world. You can help more families like Marian’s, so that their children can grow up healthy and enjoy their childhoods. And if you donated between 13 February and 12 May, the UK Government will double your donation! 

If you raised money in your parish or school over Lent and still need to pay in the proceeds, you can still have your collection matched.

Donate to our Lent Fast Day appeal

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