Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 23 March

Caritas provides eating utensils for refugees in Bangladesh - CAFOD in Lent

Refugees receive plates and spoons from Caritas in Bangladesh

They wanted to arrest him then, but he eluded them.

John 10:31-42

Jesus flees from the people who are out to kill him. He goes to the river Jordan, where he finds welcome.

In Myanmar, families are fleeing their homes to escape violence and seeking safety in neighbouring Bangladesh.

“The human misery created by such massive displacement of men, women and children under the threat of death is getting worse every day,” explains Francis Atul Sarker, from our partner Caritas Bangladesh.

“Now there is normal life again”

Omar Hamad and his family share a tent in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. They endured an 18 day-long journey through the forest to get here.

Basita, Omar’s wife, shrieks with joy as she opens a Caritas sack of kitchen utensils. The utensils are a lifeline for people who have fled with no possessions. 

“Cups, plates, spoons, oh and especially these big pots,” she says. “Do you know how useful this is for us? Up to now we only had one very small pot, so we had to cook rice three times in a row to prepare food for everyone. Now this is a bit of normal life again.”

Lent prayer

Jesus, you call us to live in solidarity with the poorest amongst us. May we be grateful for the simple gifts we are given. Amen.


Pray in solidarity with our sisters and brothers on the move. Download Share the Journey refugee campaign resources to share with your parish.

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