Inspiring Day of Reflection on our Own Journeys to Justice

Group Photo

Group Photo

Many thanks to Sarah Croft from the Campaigns team for leading the CAFOD retreat Journey to Justice on Saturday. It was great to have a day away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives  to reflect on the life of Blessed Oscar Romero and his own personal journey of transformation. The beautiful retreat house at St Cuthman’s was an ideal venue with it’s peaceful chapel which overlooked the gardens, and the lovely lake and grounds.

Time to discuss and reflect

Time to discuss and reflect

In the morning we focused on Blessed Oscar Romero’s life and how he changed from a studious quiet priest to an archbishop who spoke out for the poor and was subsequently  martyred.

In the afternoon we looked at Human Rights Defenders who are working in many countries around the world speaking out for the poor and seeking justice and fairness for all people. For example Javier Jahncke is a CAFOD partner who has spoken out against mining developments in Peru. These developments risk affecting biodiversity and water quality, and can have a devastating impact on the lives and health of the poor.

We then looked at our own journeys and how we need to be  be continually converted in response to new and evolving challenges . In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis says that we all need to be converted, to have a change of heart, in response to the damage being done to our world. Our world today faces the same issues of greed and violence that Romero faced so we have a choice to respond in fear or in hope, to turn away or towards. Let us ask for Romero’s courage, his fidelity and his humility so that we can stand alongside the powerless and be a voice for the voiceless.

Here are some ways we can do this:- Become an MP Correspondent , sign up to campaigns updates, work for  the livesimply award in our parishes,  and become a campaigns volunteer.

Today is Harvest Fast day

Today is Harvest fast day please take some time to pray for those in our world who are hungry, thirsty or without shelter and remember those who are suffering because of recent natural disasters.

Please join us in saying the Harvest fast day prayer which is based on the prayer by Bishop Ken Untener to mark the martyrdom of Blessed Oscar Romero, who as Archbishop of San Salvador, dedicated his life to speaking out for the poor and disadvantaged people.

 

Many thanks for your support of Harvest fast day and a HUGE thank you to all those who are putting on soup lunches and organising collections. We really appreciate everything you do!

Romero Pilgrimage from Emsworth to Portsmouth Cathedral

Setting off from Emsworth

Setting off from Emsworth

Parishioners from Emsworth and Havant set off on Saturday 9th September  to walk to St John’s Cathedral 17 starting and 35 arriving joined by friends from neighbouring worshipping communities. Maureen Thompson our CAFOD parish volunteer at SS Thomas of Canterbury and Thomas Moore Church Emsworth who organised the pilgrimage has shared the reflections and prayers from the pilgrimage….

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