No one can be unaware of the tens of thousands of people around the globe who have been displaced and forced to leave their homes because of violence, war, trafficking and climate-related disasters , so it is no surprise that Pope Francis has chosen the theme ‘Migrants and Refugees – men and women seekers of peace,’ for his 2018 Peace Day message. Every year Catholics in England and Wales celebrate the Pope’s message on Peace Sunday, promoted by Pax Christi and supported by the International Affairs Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
In his letter to parishes, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, National President of Pax Christi wrote:
“Many in the UK have responded to the invitation to shelter the stranger and more are involved in campaigns to stem this tragic flow in their work to challenge the arms trade and protect the environment.
“With this timely theme, we are all invited to reflect on our role to be peacemakers and peace-seekers today.” Continue reading “Catholics in England and Wales to celebrate Peace Sunday”
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Yes, Tuesday is All Hallows Eve, the day we gather up all we know or love who have died, and work to pop them out of purgatory by persistent prayer: Then we can remember most of them the next day, All Hallows, and continue to pray for the rest the following day, All Souls.
Wednesday is the lovely Feast of All Saints, celebrating all the famous ones, and also the holy people we have been privileged to know, people like our parents or our teachers, or fellow – parishioners who have shared God’s love with us, “All Hallows’’. We are called to celebrate the feast with Mass at 10am or 7pm, and with family celebrations of our own between. Happy Feast Day!
Then on Thursday we celebrate the Feast of All Souls, a chance to pray for all who have died, and the start of a month of prayer for all our loved ones who have gone to God. Mass through the month will be offered for the Holy Souls, except where there is a pre – booked intention: – Please place th e names of the members of your family and friends whom you would like prayed for in the basket on the corner of the altar.
Section One: Prayer in the Christian Life:
Chapter 0ne: The Revelation of Prayer ~ The Universal Call to Prayer
(2566) Man is in search of God. In the act of creation, God calls every being from nothingness to existence. ‘Crowned with glory and with honour’, man is, after the angels, capable of acknowledging ‘how majestic is the name of the Lord in all the earth’ (Psalm 8: 5). Even after losing through sin the likeness to God, man remains an image of his Creator and retains the desire for the one who calls him into existence. All religions bear witness to men’s essential search for God (cf: Acts 17: 27).
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1992
Section One: Prayer in the Christian Life – What is Prayer?
Prayer as God’s Gift (2560): “If you knew the gift of God!” (John 4:10) The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him (Cf. Saint Augustine).