Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 8 March - International Women's Day

Sister Consilia Munkuli, pharmacist at Mtora Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe.

Sister Consilia Munkuli, pharmacist at Mtora Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe.

As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning.

Matthew 17:2

Jesus takes Peter, John and James up the mountain to pray. There his appearance is transformed. His clothes shine brightly and Moses and Elijah appear in their glory.

Transformed by hope

It can be hard enough in the UK to get a doctor’s appointment. Imagine how much worse it is to access basic healthcare in the poorest countries.

No one should go without the support they need to lead a healthy, happy life. Something has to change.

Nobody knows this better than Sister Consilia, who witnesses patients arriving every day at the small hospital in Zimbabwe where she works as a pharmacist.

“In our congregation we work with the poorest of the poor. In Mtora Mission Hospital, those who come to the hospital, they come with a need and they want to be helped.”

Positive changes are taking place here. A nutrition garden and a water tank, funded by CAFOD supporters, are now making life easier for women who stay at the hospital in the final stages of their pregnancy.

This Lent let us seek to change our own lives and reach out to our sisters and brothers to change their lives too.

Lent prayer

On International Women’s Day, keep in your prayers all women who are faced with poverty and injustice in our world.

God of light, inspire me to listen to your Son Jesus and to follow his example of love and compassion. Work through me as I try to bring about change in my own life and throughout the world. Amen.


Don’t forget to take your Family Fast Day envelope back to Mass today, or give online.

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