Sunday, April 26, 2015

An Online Prayer Vigil for Those Facing Execution in Indonesia.

 


This week begins with the news that the Indonesian Government intends to proceed with the execution by firing squad of ten people convicted of drug offenses.

As part of the global movement for the abolition of the death penalty I invite you to join me in vigil for these people.

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso;
 Serge Areski Atlaoui;
 Myuran Sukumaran;
 Andrew Chan
 Rodrigo Gularte; 
 Raheem Agbaje Salami; 
 Martin Anderson; 
 Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise; 
 Okwudili Oyatanze; 
 Zainal Abidin.


--Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.
Used with permission
God of Compassion,
You let your rain fall on the just and the unjust.
Expand and deepen our hearts
so that we may love as You love,
even those among us
who have caused the greatest pain by taking life.
For there is in our land a great cry for vengeance
as we fill up death rows and kill the killers
in the name of justice, in the name of peace.
Jesus, our brother,
you suffered execution at the hands of the state
but you did not let hatred overcome you.
Help us to reach out to victims of violence
so that our enduing love may help them heal.
Holy Spirit of God,
You strengthen us in the struggle for justice.
Help us to work tirelessly
for the abolition of state-sanctioned death
and to renew our society in its very heart
so that violence will be no more. Amen.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Caritas Support Needed in Nepal

Caritas Nepal was founded in 1990 by the Catholic Church to respond to the devastating floods and other natural disasters that occurred
Beginning as a 3 member team the agency has grown and expanded their range of services and today operates in 50 of the 75 districts in Nepal. As the social arm of Catholic Church in Nepal, Caritas Nepal aims to apply animation and sector specific participatory approaches to empower the poor, women, marginalised, and disadvantaged people to reduce poverty, secure humanitarian assistance to refugees and in times of emergency and conflict, and realise social justice and peace. Read more here
Caritas Nepal staff are rushing to respond to a strong earthquake. The quake measured 7.9. The epicentre was between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. Extensive damage has been reported, with loss of life and injury.
Caritas Nepal director Fr. Pius Perumana S.J. is in Kathmandu. He said,”It was the worst earthquake I have ever experienced in my life. The after shocks are still strong. The indications so far are that this is a major emergency.”
He said that there has been lots of physical damage, electricity has been down making communications difficult and roads are blocked. “Lots of houses have fallen down and there are lots with cracks. Thank God it was during the day and on a holiday as many people were outside when the quake happened.”
Assessments are coming in and Caritas teams in country are organising the response. “Rescue is the first priority. Lots of people have lost their homes and are out on the street or in open spaces, so we will be looking to provide them with food and temporary shelter.”
The airport is currently closed so Caritas members are looking to send aid overland from India.


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Christian Meditation Community Day Brisbane



“Meditation and God’s Gifts”. Come aside and spend some time to deepen your understanding of Meditation and God’s Gift’s and join with others walking the contemplative path.
Sat 18 Apr 2015, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Location : Holy Spirit School Hall, 36 Villiers St, New Farm

Contact : Johanna Lawrence
Phone : 3314 1404
Email : jahannal1@optusnet.com.au
Our community is part of the World Community for Christian Meditation WCCM 


Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easter in the Midst of Violence



As most of us pick over the leftovers of our Easter feasting in the land of the long weekend it is hard to imagine the cries of 'He is Risen" being proclaimed this weekend in the churches and places of worship in Kenya.

And yet the sacred feast was celebrated  with the tears and sorrow of a nation grieving the massacre at Garissa University College by the Somali-based  extremists al-Shabaab. 

The country is now in three days of mourning while they celebrate the mystery that gives so much meaning to their lives. Religion, spirituality and politics collide in  the disturbing images of young bodies slain for their faith. For many of us the public display of the bullet ridden bodies of the Garissa attackers challenges our cultural sense of superiority and civil behaviour.

So, what can we do? You can send messages of solidarity and condolence to the Archdiocese of Mombasa. You could also send messages to the facebook page  of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa Youth office. You  can also send messages to the Kenyan Association of Australia. 

You can follow developments in Kenya here. Most of all we can sing with our sisters and brothers and share our solidarity and compassion at this time of Easter


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