How will I connect spirituality and works this Lent? For inspiration, I look to Pope Francis’ words in Laudato Si’ recalling that all people need “an ‘ecological conversion’, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” (LS # 217)
One resource that I can use is a Lenten calendar that reminds me daily why I’m fasting from plastic, or increasing my abstinence from beef, or advocating for clean water, while I am encouraged to keep taking my own small steps.
‘Because the world can change a lot in 40 days,’ VAIPL* has created a Lenten Creation Care Calendar for 2022. This year’s theme is It’s Time to Act. The calendar begins on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday; each week has a theme and each day offers either a prayer, a fact about environmental impact, or a suggested action to help us care for earth and neighbor as part of our spiritual Lenten practice. Links to additional resources are also included.
Give it a look to see if the calendar may be a conversation starter and motivator for you and your family.
You can access and print a copy of the calendar (see below)!