Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 6 March

Sister Consilia, a pharmacist in Mtora Mission Hospital, Zimbabwe.

Sister Consilia, a pharmacist in Mtora Mission Hospital, Zimbabwe.

...come back and present your offering.

Matthew 5:24

We are all sisters and brothers. As children of God, we belong to one huge global family. Our faith teaches us that what happens to one of us, affects all of us.

Sister Consilia, a pharmacist in Mtora Mission Hospital, Zimbabwe, says: “Sometimes when [pregnant] women arrive at the hospital, they don’t even have clothes for the baby, or food for themselves. For example, one pregnant woman came to our convent because she didn’t have anything, even to eat.”

Sister Consilia’s community gave money to this expectant mother so that she could buy food. But there are many others.

“They come in huge numbers…” she says. “But we never turn women away.”

We are all responsible for all

Our faith calls us to feel compassion for others, especially those who seem beyond reach. Knowing that any of our brothers and sisters are struggling, means that we are struggling too.

As Saint Pope John Paul II wrote in Sollicitudo Rei Socialis #38, “We are all responsible for all.”

This Family Fast Day we have an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of other people around the world, people who seem out of reach. What will each of us do today?

Lent prayer

Lord, we pray alongside the women of Zimbabwe, as part of Women’s World Day of Prayer. Bless Sister Consilia, the expectant mothers she helps, and all women who face daily challenges. Give them strength and hope for the future.  May your grace sustain them. Amen

Share this video of our Family Fast Day prayer with others and say it before meals today.


Today is Family Fast Day. Eat simply and give the money that you save to help people who are poor and vulnerable.

Read how your generosity is a lifeline for women, men and children in some of the poorest parts of our world.

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