February 9, 2016
Prayer by Mrs. Kathie Calabrese, Theology Department
Good morning. Today is known as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday – it can mean going to confession before the beginning of Lent but most often we associate Mardi Gras with eating lots of good food before the great fast begins. Traditionally it begins with the feast of the Epiphany or Three Kings Day and ends at midnight tonight.
All this celebration can seem rather strange when we realize how many people in our world can’t even find clean, safe water to drink – including in our own American city of Flint, Michigan. This Lent let us focus on becoming more aware of the blessing we have when we just go out in the hall and refill our water bottles. Every time we take a sip of water this Lent let us call to mind those who do not have that luxury.
Let us pray:
God of life,
God of all those who walk miles for water,
God of those whose only supply is contaminated, bringing death, not life.
God of life, may water, clean and life giving, be available to every
living creature so that we may say with Saint Francis:
“Sister Water, so useful, humble, precious and pure “ Amen.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Prayer for us.