The theme this week: “Call to Community and Participation”
No man is an island”, as John Donne’s poem begins.
As human beings, we are called to live in community, with others, growing together and flourishing as a result. We are also called to get involved.
At World Youth Day in 2013, Pope Francis challenged us:
“True faith in the incarnate Son of God is inseparable from self-giving, from membership in the community, from service, from reconciliation with others”. Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel , 72
Observing the reality of the world, remembering that first guideline of the dignity of all people, we’re called to support one another. What are my gifts and talents which could be used to the advantage of the wider community? We are called to be active members of society, our local and global community.
Is this really the world that I desire? Is this really the world that we all carry in our hearts? Is the world that we want really a world of harmony and peace, in ourselves, in our relations with others, in families, in cities, in and between nations?
What is it to me that my sister or brother is in need?
I invite every parishioner, household, family and parish group to join with me in reflecting on the rich social teaching of our Church during Lent
Through Love in Action we are going to explore the guiding principles of Catholic social teaching - ways in which we can look at the reality of life in our community and discern how we can put love into action, and be a Caritas people.
Today we hear our Archbishop make an appeal to us in his pastoral letter to give generously of ourselves and our alms to create new opportunities to enable others to flourish.
He has written elsewhere “One of our treasures is Catholic social action…We have a word which beautifully describes this practical expression of Christian love: Caritas. Each Sunday we will hear how the teaching of Christ has been developed in the Church.
Each week resources for prayer, reflection and action will be available to take home or visit: www.caritaswestminster.org.uk
This week in the UK we have been celebrating the centenary of some women who were given the right to vote. Their slogan was “Action not Words”. That motto is a timely reminder that while words can move us, we will be know by our acts of kindness, compassion and mercy.
On Tuesdays in Lent I also invite you to REFRAME. Week by week we will look at ways of presenting our faith in an attractive way.
We are all invited to enter into Lent with open hearts minds and hands.