Jesus spent forty days fasting and resisting temptation in the wilderness in preparation for the beginning of his ministry. For Christians today the season of Lent which goes for forty days is a time of reflection as we struggle with any bad habits we have acquired, find new opportunities to restore fractured relationships and make new beginnings. Prayer…fasting and… almsgiving are three practices which can help transform us so that we can be more like Jesus. During Lent we can ask ourselves: How can I let go of my selfish ways and reach out a helping hand to the most vulnerable in my community and in the world?
Caritas Australia through its annual Project Compassion appeal has presented five stories this year from people striving to ‘Be More’ – just a few amongst the millions who have been helped over many years. At St Bernadette’s we have been reflecting in our Lenten liturgies on the challenges that these people face every day and how we can support Caritas Australia and contribute to improving many lives through our generous donations.
Last week the Year 5/6 class focussed on Jamila… a Rohingya refugee living in a camp in Bangladesh with her elderly mother and baby daughter. With the support of Caritas Australia, and through Caritas Bangladesh, Jamila has been able to access emergency food, shelter and vocational training that will help to support her family.
Yesterday the Rec/Year 1 classes shared Margret’s story. She was born deaf and is now a teacher at a school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands that suffered long-term water shortages and damage from Tropical Cyclone Harold. With Caritas Australia’s support, Margret’s school installed water tanks, repaired cyclone damage and implemented COVID-19 prevention measures.
Caritas Australia does a wonderful job supporting vulnerable communities through so many projects globally. We can also assist through our generous donations. Please return your Project Compassion box by March 24th.
Saint Oscar Romero is our inspiration for Project Compassion 2021, so in his words let’s “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” We are all God’s Treasures!