Together for Peace: Share Lent 2018


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Once again it is Lent, that sacred time of year when Develop- ment and Peace – Caritas Canada invites us to live out a new Share Lent campaign, Together for Peace. Indeed, we are called to re ect on the profound meaning of peace by discovering the importance of dialogue within the context of reconciliation and peacebuilding.

In these troubled times, often characterized by fear of others, hatred and violence, it is our duty nd the path to unity. But where to start? Which path to follow? How do we build a better world? A short time ago, Pope Francis reminded us that:

If there is one word that we should never tire of repeating, it is this: dialogue. […]The culture of dialogue entails a true apprenticeship and a discipline that enables us to view others as valid dialogue partners, to respect the foreigner, the immigrant and people from di erent cultures as worthy of being listened to. […] Peace will be lasting in the measure that we arm our children with the weapons of dialogue, that we teach them to ght the good ght of encounter and negotiation. In this way, we will bequeath to them a culture capable of devising strat- egiesoflife,notdeath,andofinclusion,notexclusion.— Pope Francis, Address during the conferral of the Charlemagne Prize, May 6, 2016.

We see that dialogue, be it interreligious, interdenominational, or intercommunal, is a path towards peace and a neces- sary condition for peace to prevail in the world. Together, let us take this path by focusing on what unites us rather than what divides us. Together, let us answer the call of our Lord Jesus Christ who prayed to the Father “that all of them may be one” (John 17:21), and in the power of the Spirit, let us seek out others, reach out to them, and recognize that they are our sisters and brothers.

For Lent this year, let us join Develop- ment and Peace, the international solidarity organization of our Church here in Canada, and commit to being Together for Peace. Let us support this campaign that touches each and every one of us, as well as our global community, at the very core of our being. Let us learn about the impact of actions for peace being carried out by courageous groups in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Let us pray, taking inspiration from the liturgical resources available in the Campaign Guide and using the campaign prayer. Let us re ect together on how this campaign enables us to spread the Good News of Christ and be peacemakers.

lionel-gendronPeace is being built today and every day, in every community, village, and country, all together and inside each and every one of us. And thanks to your solidarity and generosity, we have been building peace together for more than 50 years.

Together, peace is possible!


Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, P.S.S.

Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops


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