To give drink to the thirsty - June, July
Jesus said to St. Faustina: "... I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbours always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it" (Diary of St. Faustina, 742). The following is the second part of our seven-part Lenten series on the corporal deeds of mercy and how we can — and should — incorporate them into our lives.
I was ... thirsty, and you gave Me drink.
— Matthew 25:35
Nearly 1-billion people lack access to a supply of safe water. More than 3.4 million people a year die from water-related diseases. Every 21 seconds a child in the world dies of such diseases. Nearly one-fifth of all childhood deaths are caused by diarrhea, which kills more young children than AIDS, TB, and malaria combined. (Source: water.org.)
We live in a world that's thirsty. What can we do?
Giving drink to the thirsty can be in the form of making monetary or food donations to the local food bank, soup kitchen, and other initiatives that bring food and drink to the poor.