Share Lent 2020
Lent prepares us for the heart of the Christian faith — the great Easter celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord. It is a time to have a heart-to-heart with God; to let oneself be more inhabited by Jesus, the Savior; to ask for peace for oneself, one’s family and the peoples of the Earth; and to seek inner transformation through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. To give alms is to practice charity by making oneself close to those of the world who are in need. It means sharing, in the name of social justice, our comfort and abundance. It means being in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the countries of the South who are striving to build a world of justice and peace, a world where all can live with dignity. In keeping with this seasonal spirit of Lent, Development and Peace — Caritas Canda calls us to reaffirm our commitment For our Common Home. In response to Pope Francis’ concern for the Amazon and its peoples, we are invited to heed the cry of the poor and the cry of the Earth through the testimonies of Indigenous and traditional communities who are struggling to protect the Amazon forest from shameless plunder. We are also invited to live an ecological conversion and to take concrete actions to preserve the future of our Earth and of present and future generations. Generously giving to Share Lent allows Development and Peace to continue to support marginalized communities in the Amazon and across the Global South in their commitment to transform the world. In thus living the Share Lent campaign, we are nourished by the spirit of Lent, which prepares us to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord. We wish you a joyous ascent towards Easter!
″The cry of the poor is the Church’s cry of hope. When we make their cry our own, we can be certain, our prayer too will reach to the clouds.”
- Homily of Pope Francis at the concluding mass of the Pan-Amazonian Synod