This Week in Prayer
INCLUSIVE SPIRITUALITY – This Week in Prayer
This weekly column – a prompt and a resource for your prayer and awareness – is specially intended to be helpful in preparing prayer for a community or group. You are welcome to alert us to upcoming special occasions within the Edmund Rice Network.
Monday 27 October 2014
DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH
Another American initiative pinned to the month of October is a call to reaffirm commitment to equal opportunities. In particular this involves taking account of the employment needs – and acknowledging the contributions – of people living with all kinds of disabilities.
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because someday in your life, you will have been all of these.” (George Washington Carver)
Tuesday 28 October
BREAST-CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
After skin-cancers, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer afflicting women. October has become the month that highlights this, prompting early detection and calling to mind those affected.
“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” (Confucius)
Wednesday 29 October
WORLD PSORIASIS DAY
The skin-disorder of Psoriasis has become a world health challenge, affecting 3% of people. Though it is not contagious, it often involves stigma in addition to the discomfort of the disease itself. As yet there is no cure – see www.worldpsoriasisday.org
“Love coming out of you makes you happy. The whole world can love you, but that love will not make you happy. What will make you happy is to share all the love you have inside you. That is the love that will make a difference.” (Don Miguel Ruiz)
Thursday 30 October
anticipating REFORMATION DAY
Reformation Day falls tomorrow, commemorating the most prominent watershed in the Church’s story and highlighting the challenges with which division faces us today. An encouraging scholarly ‘take’ on the differences between today’s mainstream Christian denominations, though, is that they are much less significant than the differences between ‘the churches’ in the century following the lifetime of Jesus.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” (Soren Kierkegaard)
Friday 31 October
Halloween – the eve of All Hallows Day (All Saints) – has become tied to ancient beliefs about the presence of spirits at summer’s end in the northern hemisphere, as the light part of the year gives way to the dark. A southern equivalent, as the darker part of the year gives way to the light, has yet to be defined: perhaps it is a good time to lay-to-rest old ghosts and burdensome memories.
“Real optimism is aware of problems but recognizes solutions; knows about difficulties but believes they can be overcome; sees the negatives, but accentuates the positives; is exposed to the worst but expects the best; has reason to complain, but chooses to smile.” (William Arthur Ward)
Saturday 1 November
ALL SAINTS’ DAY and
WORLD VEGAN DAY and
ANTIGUA’S NATIONAL DAY
All Saints Day celebrates all who have died and entered lasting union with God, not just canonized saints. So it is the feastday of those not-officially-acknowledged saints we have known and lived with. It is celebrated as a holiday in over two dozen countries; in some other countries, it is transferred to the following Sunday – tomorrow.
Veganism is a philosophy of avoiding all exploitation of animals, leading to the avoidance of all animal-derived products whether for food (e.g. meat, eggs, seafood) or clothing (e.g. fur, leather, wool) or other purposes (e.g. candlewax, lanolin). Because the emphasis is on principle, not rules, some practices remain open to debate (e.g. the consumption of honey).
Antigua has been on the Edmund Rice map since the start of 1958 when the Christian Brothers established a pioneer community of four in St John’s, to teach at St Joseph’s Academy. In 1971, the American Province passed responsibility to the Canadian Province. The school developed into the premier grammar school in Antigua. Shortage of manpower caused the Brothers to withdraw from the school’s administration in 2001, when the first Lay Head took over. The Brothers left the island in 2003. Two years later, the Western American and Canadian and Eastern American Provinces merged into a single Province called Edmund Rice Christian Brothers of North America. (Source: Brother Raph Bellows.)
“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” (Dalai Lama)
Sunday 2 November
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY in some countries – see above
Here are five places where you can find commentaries on this Sunday’s readings:
- On the right of our home page: find PRAYER GUIDE and click SUNDAY REFLECTION.
- - click Mass Readings > click on 2 November (for the texts themselves).
- – click Gospel Commentary > click on 2 November.
- – scroll to 2 November > Get to Know the Readings. (Also in Spanish.)
- – click Sun. Bible Reflections under Daily Bread. (Also in Spanish.)
“Many can argue - not many converse.” (Amos Bronson Alcott)
For further websites and blogs that can support your prayer and reflection, click the PRIVATE REFLECTIONS button under PRAYER GUIDE on the right of our home page.
brother Michael Burke