The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness. As we enter Holy Week we recall that in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, we are redeemed. Humanity and the whole of creation share in this grace filled action of God. Because of this we are called to care for creation as God loves, holds and sustains the work of his hands.
The earth and all it contains has been created by God. It is a gift, given to all for the good of all. The resources of the earth are not infinite. They have been given to us and to future generations. How we have treated and continue to treat the earth has profound impacts on people now and in the future. Too often we have destroyed elements of the earth for a quick gain.
Thank you for participating in this Love in Action process. If you have been moved in any way by the themes we have been looking at then on the 19th April from 7.30pm to 9pm or 5th May from 10.30am to 5pm there will be an opportunity to take part in developing our Love in Action Parish Plan, to reflect together on how our parish will respond to the needs of our parish will respond to the needs of our community having looked at the guidelines of Caritas.
Send forth your spirit O Lord and renew the face of the Earth.
If we truly believe that we are all sisters and brothers of one another, made in God’s image and likeness as seen in the guideline of human dignity, then seeking the good of one another cannot be ignored.Solidarity is not just feeling sorry for those who suffer. It is a commitment to action. It is love in action.
“We are all really responsible for all” – all of us. Wherever we are. Whatever our age. Whatever our circumstances. We are all responsible for one another, those close by, and those far away. All of our actions have consequences locally and globally. From how we treat people we meet in the street, to the coffee we buy in the supermarket.
Flowing from solidarity is the promotion of peace. If we are to live in solidarity with one another we must want the peace of all. Pope Francis warns us that “until exclusion and inequality in society and between peoples are reversed, it will be impossible to eliminate violence.”
On the 19th April from 7.30pm to 9.00pm or 5th May from 10.30am to 5.00pm there will be an opportunity to take part in developing our Love in Action Parish Plan, to reflect together on how our parish will respond to the needs of our community having looked at the guidelines of Caritas
“There is no worse material poverty… than the poverty which prevents people from earning their bread and deprives them of the dignity of work."
Pope Francis, to a conference on unemployment, May 2013
The Church has long been a supporter of the right of people to work. Work is more than simply being able to earn money. It is about being able to support oneself, and one’s family. It is about finding a role and place within society. It is linked to flourishing as a person, and finding fulfilment, a sense of purpose and worth.
It is also about people being paid a just wage and having adequate facilities to do the work they are tasked with. This is why the Church has long been a supporter of both the Living Wage and Fair Trade movements. It is a way in which we can show our love in action.
As we continue to experience high levels of unemployment, especially for the young and those nearing the end of their working lives, how are we called, as a community, to support our sisters and brothers whose dignity is not being respected? And what will be the impact of Artificial Intelligence on our pattern of work?
John had never really had to worry about things like food. He could usually take his family on at least one holiday a year, and they always put something in the collection plate on a Sunday. Then the recession happened. His job wasn’t affected at first. But then more and more people were made redundant.It’s not that he hasn’t been looking for work, but there’s so little out there for his experience. At first, they made do. Friends and family have been so generous. Then all of a sudden, they realised that there just wasn’t enough money to buy a decent amount of food for the family to live healthily on.
Who are the poor within our own community, whether visible or invisible? How do we work alongside one another, learning and growing through the encounter with each person we meet?
Do take one of the prayer cards and reflection sheets home to discuss and use with friends.