… Open our eyes and our hearts so that we are able to
see you in every one of your children.
May we embrace first ties that bind us to each other, and
recognise that you created us into one family for compassion,
caring and sharing.
From the time of birth, we need each other; other human
hands lifted us from the womb. We rely on others to feed us,
protect us, teach us, and love us into life.
Open our hearts to the needs of your innocent people
suffering from the persistent burden of hunger and mobilise
our spirits to respond to them. Counter the outrage and anger
we feel against injustice with love.
Grant that inspired by the vision of human solidarity, we
may invest our material resources in bringing liberation to
the despair of poverty and returning hope to your children.
Stir our hearts to compassionate action that transforms
suffering into redemptive love, now and forever more.
Prayer: Fr Ignatius Ikunza, Hakimani Jesuit Centre, Kenya.
God help us to change
To change ourselves
and to change our world.
To know the need for it.
To deal with the pain of it.
To feel the joy of it.
To understand the journey without
The art of gentle revolution.
Prayer: Leunig. A Common Prayer. (Care of Caritas Australia)
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We have to work against the indifference that assigns culpability to others and absolves us of every wrongdoing. The onus therefore lies on everyone to do something to combat and prevent this modern day slavery.
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By Bishop Theotonius Gomes CSC, President of Caritas Bangladesh One essential aspect of the mystery of the human person is its union of the earthly body and the heavenly soul, a union on earth destined for eternity. On earth, the body has to be a true home for the eternal spirit; in eternity the soul ...
By Kim Pozniak When I arrived in South Sudan’s future capital Juba yesterday, the joyous preparations for independence were immediately apparent. Landing at the airport, another passenger pointed out the newly installed lights along the runway to allow for night flights. Everywhere you look there are small signs of progress. Driving along Juba’s bumpy, dusty ...
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by St. Francis of Assisi O most High, almighty, good Lord God, To you belong praise, glory, honor, and all blessing! Praised be my Lord God with all creatures; And especially our brother the sun, Which brings us the day and the light; Fair is he, and shining with a very great splendor: O Lord, ...
The residents of Mary Grace neighbourhood in Bulacan, Philippines, are used to adversity. Most lived in slums by the railroads for years before being relocated by the government to a new riverside neighbourhood. From time to time, the river rises and floods their homes. While inconvenient, they say prayers to God for keeping their families ...