- Written by Chris McDonnell
Eleven seven eighty is the asking price
demanded by Crow from his lofty perch
pecking through the final fall of crumbs
that litter the arid ground.
He who begs to differ with the people’s
voice, who seeks to emulate the power
of despots and dictators from by-gone
years of tattered memory.
A time of danger and hysterical division
of harsh raised voices and shaking fists
seeking to outplay the honest ball-park
game with cries of ‘foul!’
A never-ending shout, calling out mobs
to run the city streets, creating trouble
encouraging the stand between patriots
and traitors once again.
Listen to the endless list of brazen lies
spilling with insidious intent in streams
of garbled utterances, running torrents
of a crazy, made-up tale.
Speak truth to falsehood, let others see
the courage of your voice, hear you tell
the story as it really is, democracy hung
out to dry in winter wind.
Cry tears of dreams from another time
remember words of a passionate regret
spoken to courageous crowds gathered
once by a seat of Lincoln.
- Written by Alex Walker
Living Laudato Si' Your Parish and Your Planet Zoom Retreat, led from Boarbank Hall, Cumbria, takes place on 22nd-25th January 2021.
Speakers include: Trish Sandbach, who worked in Oxfam Education for many years and led to St Benedict's, Garforth, in the Leeds diocese, to winning a Livesimply award. She is also an assessor for the LiveSimply award.
- Written by Alex Walker
The Global Catholic Movement invites you to “Global Healing.”
In 2015, Pope Francis published his ground-breaking letter on the environment Laudato Si’. Since then, millions of people worldwide have joined the global movement to address the environmental crisis our world is facing. This Lent, we are inviting YOU to join us for a series of reflective evenings with inspiring speakers, prayer and discussion, using the film-based resource “Global Healing”. These engaging documentaries will inform and challenge people to respond to Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home. Suitable for all who are concerned about what is happening to our world and who want to take action.
When? Six Thursdays from 18th February – 25th March 2021, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
How to join? To register please click https://zoom.us/meeting/regist
or email email@example.com
Hosted by GCCM Laudato Si’ Animators in the UK.
“Living our vocation to be protectors of God's handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience…Truly, much can be done!” (Laudato Si’, 217, 180)
- Written by Tomas Halik
Revolution of Mercy and a New Ecumenism
By Monsignor Tomáš Halík, 12 December 2020
Msgr. Tomáš Halík ThD (1948) is a professor of philosophy and sociology of religion at Charles University in Prague and president of the Czech Christian Academy. During the communist era, he worked as a secretly ordained priest in the so-called underground church. He is a recipient of the Templeton Prize and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Oxford and Erfurt. His books have been translated into twenty languages.
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