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Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent

Kathy Chadwick, Associate Pensacola, Florida

I’ll admit it. I used to think of Lent as a long, dark and dismal period, something to be endured before the joy of Easter.  Since we started sharing the journey with Sisters and Associates, I now find it an affirming, uplifting time.  The reflections on the Sunday Readings and the comments shared make the journey an enlightening experience.  Thank you Sister Joan!

Speaking of light, I love the picture of the rainbow presented in today’s first reading from Genesis.  The rainbow is a symbol of God’s covenant with us.  God promised to never again devastate earth by flood.  Of course a covenant has two sides.  We have to do our part.  There is evidence all around showing that we have failed.  We have wasted, polluted and contaminated our beautiful planet.  What can we do now?  How can we get back on track?  Some may feel that any effort as an individual is too little, too late, but if each of us makes a small change, our efforts are multiplied and can make a big difference.

In his inauguration homily, Pope Francis said; “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”

Instead of giving up chocolate this Lent (I usually fail at that anyway), I am going to make a real effort to find ways to reduce my carbon footprint.  I often fail to take my cloth bags into the store so I will charge myself $1.00 for each plastic bag I bring home.  The money will go to the Clean Water Project.

I would love to hear from you, my fellow travelers; any ideas about things we can do to conserve our natural resources and protect our environment.

Each time we see a rainbow let us be reminded of our promises to waste less, conserve more, and do what we can to help heal the earth.

I pray that this Lenten journey will be a time of spiritual growth and enlightenment for all!


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