2022 Lenten Snapshots

During the 2022 Lenten season, we’ll share the work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from around the world. We hope you in turn will share their work with your family, friends, students and faculty. If you are interested in the Lenten Handout, please click here. Click here for the Lenten prayer card.

Lenten Snapshot #7: Clean Water is the Key to Life

“Too many people have access to [only] a little water and that [which] is possibly polluted.
[We should] reflect on the value of this marvelous and non-substitutive gift of God [which] is the fount of life and of health.
It is necessary to assure that everyone has potable water...
I thank and encourage all who, from various professions and responsibilities, work for such an important aim.” 
— Pope Francis

It is the Franciscan tradition to care for creation because it is creation that cares for us. It’s a mindset of both Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi. In recognition of both of these Francis', I invite you to pray St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun (at right) as we strive to make clean water a reality for all.

I thank each and every one of you and wish you a most blessed Easter!

Sister Ann Fanella, SNDdeN
Clean Water for Life Volunteer

 P.S. If you'd like additional information about the Clean Water for Life project, please contact Karen Hadden at [email protected]


Image from the Catholic Center at UGA


Source: Ignatian Solidarity Network

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.

To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, Who is the day through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour, Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods, by which You cherish all that You have made.

Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water, So useful, humble, precious and pure.

Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire, through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You my Lord through our Sister, Mother Earth who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs. Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial.

Blessed are those who endure in peace, By You Most High, they will be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death, from whom no-one living can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.

No second death can do them harm. Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks, And serve Him with great humility.