When I asked my 15-year-old daughter, Clara, what she was going to do for Lent, she challenged me to join her in going plastic free for Lent as our family’s response to the climate crisis. It was the toughest Lent ever, but really worth it! Here are some of the things that we did:
We also checked that we did not incur any extra miles in the car by travelling to the two stores.
At the same time, we discovered that the Jesuits have produced a new examen which we used to try and go deeper spiritually and listen to the promptings of the spirit on how we could become more ecologically aware. It is brilliant. You can find it at: www.ecologicalexamen.org
It really was a commitment, as Lent should be! My daughter was willing to take up something for Lent which she was willing to give herself to, wholeheartedly.
I am delighted that the diocese has set up an environmental group and are looking at ways that they can tap into our young people and get them involved in contributing to it. They are so passionate about this issue and it is an opportunity to draw them close to our creator God.
Pictured above are Clara and Anita Fildes.