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29 March

Veronica lived in Kharkiv, Ukraine when the bombing started.

If you make my word your home, you will indeed be my disciples.

John 8:31

We all know the importance of a home. For most of us, homes are where we can relax and enjoy time with family and friends. But sadly, there are many without the security of a safe home.

26-year-old, Veronica woke to a dull rumble. At first, she thought the walls of apartment in Kharkiv were shaking because her neighbours were having a loud party. Ten minutes later a friend called and told her about the Russian attacks on Ukraine. Packing a bag, Veronica managed to escape to Poland. There she was offered a bed in a shelter provided by Caritas Poland in a school gym.

Veronica is just one of millions worldwide of people forced to leave their homes to seek safety. Every minute, 30 people around the world are newly displaced due to war, persecution, natural disaster and poverty.

Today, Jesus invites us to make his word our home. So, in this season of Lent, we open our hearts to God’s word and what it means for our lives, for how we care for our world and all our global family, especially those who are most vulnerable.

Lent prayer

God our refuge,
Be with all those who are fleeing from danger.
May they find a warm welcome.
As we make our home in your word,
fill us with an active love,
for all your children.


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