During Lent, we are called to a conversion of heart through fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.

Did you ever wonder what it must have been like for Jesus to be in the desert for 40 days? We might imagine a hot, dry, barren landscape, combined with the element of loneliness. Yet, Jesus was not alone. God the Father was a constant companion as was God’s Spirit, ever guiding and strengthening.

Our Sisters working with the people of Nepal, India, Belize, Botswana and the United States are not alone. When faced with the enormity of need, they do whatever they can and do it with great love. Their daily lives are offered as a living prayer. Their fasting takes a new form as they confront privation, challenges, and insufficient resources. Their almsgiving consists of the selfless giving of their time and skills.

And so it is for us. We are never alone, despite whatever “desert” we might find ourselves in.

As you continue your Lenten journey, let us hold each other in prayer.

Sister Sarah Geier

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