Monday, 25 April 2011

There’s more to Easter than chocolate eggs and a Bank Holiday

Martin Brown from CAFOD Arundel & Brighton writes:

Mexican Rainforest
photo credit: CAFOD
Easter is a time of celebration as we commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and thank the Lord for our fortitude during Lent. Hopefully our alms-giving during Lent included our donations on Fast Day.

CAFOD is deeply grateful for all contributions during this time of many natural and man-made disasters. An increase in our prayer life was also encouraged as a reflection of Christ’s solitary sojourn in the wilderness. May our prayers continue, not just for the many thousands of people affected by the headline news from Japan and elsewhere, but also for the sometimes forgotten plight of the peoples in places like the Ivory Coast and Liberia. As refugees flee the Ivory Coast to escape the violence there, the humanitarian aid offered by their Liberian neighbours is being stretched to breaking point. We are asked to undertake some form of penance during Lent which can also help us remember the many people in our world who suffer hardships every day.

Easter is also a time of renewal as we enjoy (hopefully!) the arrival of Spring. Let us also hope and pray that by the efforts of CAFOD, its local partners throughout many of the world’s poorest countries and your generous donations that renewal is experienced by more and more of our disadvantaged neighbours. Thank you for your help.

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