Blessings to you, on this Laetare Sunday! Happy World Water Day!
World Water Day is an annual United Nations observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
We are very aware of the importance of fresh water during this pandemic. We are told over and over to wash our hands and to not touch our faces with unwashed hands. This has become our daily mantra. But what about those with no access to fresh water to wash their hands? What about those who don’t even have fresh water to drink or bathe? They are who Jesus called the least of these. They are the most vulnerable and they are more likely to contract the virus and spread it to others.
As we continue to practice our Lenten observances in silence and solitude – the world calls it quarantine – let us remember and call to mind the least of these, our most vulnerable in our global community. This year, World Water Day happened to fall on the fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday. So, as we continue our observances, no matter what form or fashion they take, pray unceasingly for those who are already affected by this virus, for the poor souls of those who have already succumbed to it and for the rest of us still battling this unseen demon. We serve a God that is greater and mightier than any demon or virus. We need only have faith, keep our eyes on Jesus and pray as Jesus prayed in the storm.
If I learned nothing else during this time of trial with my mother, it is that Franciscans are mighty prayer warriors. Our prayers can move the biggest and toughest mountains. And prayer is closer than our breath, all day, every day.
And here is my shameless plug: Remember the H2O Project this Lenten season. We can turn on our faucets, letting the waters flow as we wash our hands throughout the day. A faith that does justice calls us to work and pray for those who do not have that same luxury. As a fraternity, a family or faith community, your generous donations can help so many who do not have the precious gift of fresh water. Please send your donations to our beloved National Treasurer, Claudia Kauzlarich – 2007 Maverick Trail Harrisonville MO 64701-1545. Put H2O Project in the memo line and I thank you so very much.
Please, dear ones, stay safe, stay prayed up and keep your eyes on Jesus!
All my love, your sis,
Carolyn D. Townes, OFS
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
U.S. Secular Franciscan Order
“Journey Together in Love and Compassion“
(OFS-USA 2020 Theme)