Oh my God!
I offer You all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to His infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them in the furnace of His merciful love.
I pray with the whole Church for the
Pope’s intentions this month:
That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labour.
That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.
For many people when they hear the word ‘AFRICA’ the images that springs to mind are war, violence, poverty, crime, unemployment and AIDS.
The reality of life on the ground for most of us 1.111 billion who call Africa home is very different. Most of the 62 countries in Africa are peaceful, friendly, full of life – joy filled.
There are problems: the murder of the 147 Christian students at Garissa University in Eastern Kenya in 2015 was one of eight attacks in Kenya since 1998. The kidnapping of the 200 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria was one a string of attacks on Christians in that country.
Most Christians in Africa are peace loving and are sources of unity, harmony and reconciliation. However, too many Christians while living good lives are silent in the face of violence and injustice.
The Second Synod of Bishops for Africa called on Christian leaders to bring their faith into their political and public life. In particular, ordinary Christians need to understand Islam and to distinguish between genuine Islam (‘Peace’) and its false militaristic versions.
We pray with the Holy Father that our Christians around the world may ‘Stand up’ and ‘Speak Out’ for Peace with Justice.
- Fr Charles Searson, SJ, extracted from Living Prayer