(Above image copied from the Pax Christi UK website)
God of life and reconciliation and healing,
stop the warfare in the world and in my heart
and grant that peace will reign.
Lord Jesus Christ,
who takes away the sin of the world,
(Prayer taken from CAFOD’s Weekly Reflection for the 13th January 2023)
A belated Happy New Year to you all. The start of mine has been a busy one, with a few hurdles, hence this going out a week later than originally planned.
So far, certainly in my area, January has been a miserable month. Constant rain, and we are now being lashed by strong winds. There has even been a mention of snow next week. We were lucky to avoid it before Christmas, but I am sure our turn will come soon enough. It was such a bleak morning that I actually went out and bought myself a posy of flowers sold in a jam jar by a local florist. As I am writing this, though, I am wondering about where the flowers came from, and how they travelled….
Talking of which, I don’t really stick to New Year’s resolutions, but this year I am determined to think about what I am buying (except for today!), how much plastic is involved, and where it comes from. At a meeting of the NJPN Executive Committee the other day, at which I took the minutes, someone made the very valid point that there are many people that would like to be able to shop sustainably, and do their bit to save the planet, but cannot do so on a budget. With the shock of my gas/electric bill for the month of December, I too will probably fall into that category.
As today is Peace Sunday, our Action of the Week is based around that subject. We also have lots of information to do with the climate and environment, as well as the situation with migrants and refugees. Please share anything that you can for the next edition, which I am hoping will be out the weekend of the 29th January.
Wishing you a peaceful and healthy start to 2023,