100th World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Towards a Better World
"Each individual is a part of humanity and, with the entire family of peoples, shares the hope of a better future. This consideration inspired the theme of the 100th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 2014. Each and every one of us must rise above indifference and have the courage to open our hearts to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; the courage to listen to their hopes, to empathise with their despair and to welcome them into our community. As members of one human family, it is our duty to help those who arrive on our shores and to strive with all our resources to assist them no matter how inconvenient this may prove to be."
Most Reverend Gerard Hanna, Delegate for Migrants and Refuges
Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life.
This year Migrant and Refugee Week is from 25th - 31st August. More information and resources can be found at: Australian Catholic Migrant and RefugeeOffice - http://www.acmro.catholic.org.au/
We recall that your son, Jesus was a refugee in his infancy.
We remember that the Holy Family was forced to flee into Egypt.
Loving Father, you understand the pain and anguish of those
who are forced to leave their homeland for all sorts of grave reason.
Help us, O Lord, to understand this experience more fully and to respond
with gospel fervour to this enormous social issue of our times.
Grant us wisdom, prudence, and a real sense of loving kindness
to understand the heartaches of those who find themselves
as asylum seekers, migrants and refugees in our wonderful
land of Australia. Mary, Mother of all migrants and refugees,
lead us to your Son Jesus, from whom all blessings flow.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.