The Church, from its earliest times, prepares for Easter by inviting all people to examine their hearts carefully by praying, fasting and giving to others during Lent.

We pray that we may grow in understanding of the challenges faced by those who are marginalised and vulnerable in our world as we make a home for them in our hearts. Enliven our spirits so that we may be people who act when there is a need.

Today, in Ash Wednesday liturgies students were encouraged to be active during this Lenten season and to support Project Compassion and their efforts in assisting our most vulnerable sisters and brothers in First Australian communities and in many other countries. Be with us as we go further together and walk in solidarity.