February 14, 2018
Prayer by Christian ’21
Pope Francis encourages us, “Not just to see but to look. Not just to hear but to listen. Not just to meet and pass by, but to stop. And don’t just say ‘what a shame, poor people,’ but allow ourselves to be moved by pity.”
Last September, Pope Francis launched the “Share the Journey” campaign as a call to respond to the crisis of refugees and migrants worldwide and for Christians to share the journey of young refugees. Many refugees our age spend over ten years in a refugee camp.
Many of you likely remember the simulation of the refugee camp that was set up in the arcade last October. It was a display from Catholic Charities of Atlanta to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees.
As we begin the forty days of Lent today with Ash Wednesday, all of you likely noticed that today is also Valentine’s Day. The first Lenten activity will be an opportunity to send a Valentine’s Card to your representatives in Congress asking for laws that treat migrants with respect, dignity, and justice as God’s children. Stop by the tables in the arcade during lunch this week to ask our representatives to “Love Your Neighbor.”
And now, if you’re comfortable, I’d like to ask you to reach out and hold hands with your neighbors as we pray. Let’s share the love!
Let us pray together a prayer from Pope Francis.
You are the source of all goodness, generosity, and love. We thank you for opening the hearts of many to those who are fleeing for their lives. Help us now to open our arms in welcome and reach out our hands in support. That the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart be restored. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, who fled persecution at His birth and at His last triumphed over death.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom (Pray for Us)