Novena to St Francis: Day 7

On Tuesday 23 September world leaders will gather in New York for UN climate change talks.

Join us in prayer daily for nine days in the run up to the summit as we reflect on different aspects of creation. And ask St Francis to intercede for us as we pray to God to guide our leaders to put those who live in poverty and the good of creation at the heart of their decisions.

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Day 7 – For the love of our brothers and sisters throughout the worldSinteyo and her family in Kenya

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
all praise is yours, all glory, honour and blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong;
no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures.

We praise you, Lord, for those who pardon,
for love of you bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
by you Most High, they will be crowned.

(Extract from Canticle of the Sun, St Francis of Assisi)

Creator God, we give you thanks for our brothers and sisters throughout the world, each unique, each special, each made in your image. We remember all those who endure difficulties due to illness or poverty, who are becoming more vulnerable because of the changing climate.

Forgive us for the times we have taken the gifts of your creation for granted, taken more than our fair share, or used them for our own ends without considering the consequences.

Guide world leaders to put those who live in poverty and the good of creation at the heart of their decisions.

Inspire us to come together and reach out in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the world. And lead us all to play our part by making changes to better love our neighbours and care for your creation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

St Francis, pray for us

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Novena to St Francis: Day 6

On Tuesday 23 September world leaders will gather in New York for UN climate change talks.

Join us in prayer daily for nine days in the run up to the summit as we reflect on different aspects of creation. And ask St Francis to intercede for us as we pray to God to guide our leaders to put those who live in poverty and the good of creation at the heart of their decisions.

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Day 6 – For the love of the earthTomatoes growing in Kenya

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
all praise is yours, all glory, honour and blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong;
no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures.

We praise you, Lord, for Sister Earth,
who sustains us
with her fruits, coloured flowers, and herbs.

(Extract from Canticle of the Sun, St Francis of Assisi)

Creator God, we give you thanks for our sister earth, who nourishes us with her abundance and is our home. We remember those who are struggling to grow crops, who do not have enough to eat, those who are homeless or have no land to call their own.

Forgive us for the times we have taken the gifts of your creation for granted, taken more than our fair share, or used them for our own ends without considering the consequences.

Guide world leaders to put those who live in poverty and the good of creation at the heart of their decisions.

Inspire us to come together and reach out in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the world. And lead us all to play our part by making changes to better love our neighbours and care for your creation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

St Francis, pray for us.

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International Day of Peace – Amar’s story

By Nick Harrop, World News Officer

Amar, Syrian refugee - CAFOD

Credit: Matthieu Alexandre/Caritas

18-year-old Amar has a thin, expressionless face, stark white underneath her black headscarf. Her gaze remains fixed on the space just in front of her. Ask her if she’s OK, and she simply repeats the word “Inshallah” – the Arabic for “God-willing.” Apart from that one word, she hasn’t spoken for six months.

Laurette Challita, a social worker for CAFOD partner Caritas Lebanon, has ten years’ experience of supporting people whose lives have been torn apart by war. But when she met Amar, she realised that this was one of the worst cases of trauma she had ever seen.

Amar wouldn’t interact with her family, and her father had to force her to eat. Whenever a plane flew overhead, she hid in the bathroom.

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Laurette says that the experience of meeting this silent, terrified young woman was “creepy” – but gradually she started to understand how Amar had ended up this way. Continue reading

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Novena to St Francis: Day 5

On Tuesday 23 September world leaders will gather in New York for UN climate change talks.

Join us in prayer daily for nine days in the run up to the summit as we reflect on different aspects of creation. And ask St Francis to intercede for us as we pray to God to guide our leaders to put those who live in poverty and the good of creation at the heart of their decisions.

Download the full novena to St Francis now>>

Day 5 – For the love of fire cooking pot on a fire

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
all praise is yours, all glory, honour and blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong;
no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures.

We praise you, Lord, for Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night.
He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong.

(Extract from Canticle of the Sun, St Francis of Assisi)

Creator God, we give you thanks for our brother fire, who cooks our food and warms our homes. We remember those who are left out in the cold, those choked by smoke and pollution, those who spend their days searching for firewood, and the land and trees destroyed for fuel.

Forgive us for the times we have taken the gifts of your creation for granted, taken more than our fair share, or used them for our own ends without considering the consequences.

Guide world leaders to put those who live in poverty and the good of creation at the heart of their decisions.

Inspire us to come together and reach out in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the world. And lead us all to play our part by making changes to better love our neighbours and care for your creation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

St Francis, pray for us.

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Taking responsibility for how my money is used

CAFOD volunteer Sally Holmes, from Walsall, recently opened a savings account for herself and her daughter. She chose to open her account with Triodos, an ethical bank that has partnered with CAFOD. Sally tells us why ethical banking is an important part of her faith.

CAFOD Blog 18.09.14Having been brought up as a Catholic, I understand that we cannot just pick and choose the parts of our life we apply our faith to. My faith is an integral part of all aspects of my life, and investing ethically is a really important example.  Wealth gained through things like investments and pensions can leave a trail of destruction in the developing world. Often we’re unaware that this is happening, and that our money could be contributing.

I wanted to invest money and know that it would be used to help good businesses get better. So I opened a savings account with Triodos Bank. Opening such an account for our daughter was also really important, not only to help plan for her future, but to show that there is a need to take responsibility for how your money is used.

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Since opening the accounts for the family, the service has been excellent. The applications were handled really efficiently and the service is personal and efficient. I simply can’t fault it.

Transparency in a bank is really important to me, and Triodos offers really good transparency. I have looked online at some of the smaller businesses they lend to. I am jealous of most of them and wish I had the bottle to set up such enterprises! I have even made a note of a few farms they have invested in and will look at staying in one when we plan our next family holiday.  Triodos’ website also clearly details all of the large companies they invest in, which gives me enough information to complete further research on own.

I think that the partnership between CAFOD and this ethical savings bank is excellent. It gives me reassurance of the credentials of Triodos and I also have the satisfaction that CAFOD benefited from a £40 bank donation when I opened my savings account. Now I want to let more know people know about this partnership!

For every new savings accounts opened at www.triodos.co.uk/cafod, Triodos will donate £40 to support CAFOD’s work in the poorest countries around the world.

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