Next Sunday is the annual Share Lent campaign special collection for Development and Peace, so I would like to focus on Development and Peace’s all important theme for this year: Sharing the Journey – the journey, that is, of migrants. In our time, we are experiencing on planet Earth an unprecedented number of human migrations, of people forced to flee their homes for many different reasons. Something has to be done. Allow me to share with you the following message, prepared for us by Development and Peace.
“This Lenten season, Development and Peace and Pope Francis invite us to reach out and encounter migrants and refugees. The Pope has reminded us that, ‘Faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others.’ Together we are invited to open our hearts and foster a culture of encounter – a culture that requires a deep commitment to go towards others, to stop, listen, and really see them, and to give a little of ourselves.
This Lenten season, we are called upon to be fellow travelers with our sisters and brothers who have had to flee their homes and to share the journey with them. But how?
By giving generously to the Share Lent campaign next Sunday. Thanks to your support, Development and Peace and its partners can continue to build a world of justice by taking action on the root causes of forced migration and by supporting the most vulnerable populations in the Global South. Together, we can relieve at least in part, the plight of today’s victims of forced migration.
Thank you for sharing the journey with our sisters and brothers all over the world. Thank you for praying for them.”
By the grace of God, may our Church, together with the other churches and people of good will throughout the world, be mobilized, energized to make a difference, to lessen the distress of millions upon millions of people forced to flee for their lives.
God bless them all,