Lent: a time to focus on the essentials and show solidarity

Lent is “a time to renew our faith, hope and charity,” Pope Francis emphasized in one of his Ash Wednesday messages.

For his part, when asked the possibility of making a “good Lenten journey or of missing Lent, Adrien Candiard, a Dominican friar, answered the journalist of the website La Croix. (French only)

“I don’t know if we can miss it, I don’t know if we can make it. If we make a heroic effort during Lent, we’ve missed everything. Spiritual life is not a video game in which you go from level to level, mastering the game’s data. Spiritual life is about letting the Holy Spirit work in us. We don’t master this process. We open ourselves to it, we receive it, we wait for it, but we do not direct it. Moreover, the spiritual life is rarely linear. Therefore, Lent is a time of effort, when we try to put things in their proper place and refocus on what is essential.”

During this important liturgical period, Development and Peace, the official international solidarity organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and a member of Caritas Internationalis, launched its campaign under the theme “This Lent, let’s put people and the planet first.”

The campaign is inspired by the messages of Pope Francis’ last encyclical Fratelli Tutti, which, among other things, reminds us that “justice and solidarity cannot be obtained once and for all; they must be conquered every day. “(Fratelli Tutti, 11.) The objective is to share love and express our solidarity with the people of the countries of the South, whose needs are increasing more than ever in these particularly difficult times.

To learn more about how you can contribute to this campaign, visit the Development and Peace website.

In parallel, several dioceses are preparing documents to animate celebrations and times of reflection during this period. You will find here a reference to a liturgical booklet (in French only) designed by the Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development – Terre Solidaire (Earth Solidarity).