We’re now in the season between Easter Sunday and Pentecost, when the Spirit that was in Christ (cf.St.Paul) was first given in to the people of God, and is offered anew each year. You could say that we need those gifts of the Spirit more than ever in these tough times.
We have developed a new resource for Eastertide, based on “Let Us Dream – the Path to a Better Future”, written recently by Pope Francis with Austen Ivereigh, his biographer. The book focusses on how our post-pandemic world could be built, if we are not simply going to fall back on old ways that we know didn’t work for everyone. Many of Pope Francis’s key themes and messages appear in this little, easy-to-read book. As the Holy Father says, if we are to “build back better”, we need to “‘to see, clearly, choose well, act right’.
Our resource is designed for reading-groups and for individual use. The book’s structured in three main parts, following the trusty method of “See, Judge Act”; We offer you a few reflection questions on each section, for your reading-group, that you could use at weekly or fortnightly meetings. We’ve selected Psalms to use as opening and closing prayers for your meetings or for individual use. One of our “Proposals for the Month” in the Prayer Network this month was to study this little book. Here is an easy way to do that!
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network is part of the Spirituality Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in England and Wales, who have developed this resource for use in parishes and chaplaincies, both at home and abroad.
Defend Fundamental Rights
(Vatican City, March 30, 2021) – The Pope Video, for April presents the prayer intention that Pope Francis is entrusting to the entire Catholic Church through the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network: “Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.”
The Holy Father’s intention centers on basic rights—life, work, education, and food, among others—that belong to every person as part of their human existence. That is to say, these rights are rooted in the very dignity of being a person. It’s a concrete way of saying that everyone has the right to work, health, housing, land...
At the same time, Pope Francis highlights the courage and determination of those who fight every day so that these fundamental human rights may be equally respected for all, although for some people this struggle implies putting their own life at risk.