March 26.  The Lord said, “I desire mercy not sacrifice.  Fr Oliver was himself a foreigner and in some ways he could identify more with his compatriots than with the local people.  Their faith experience, way of worshipping and family life was different but important to them. Some families had been split up with adults and children divided, but many were also trying to build a new life in a foreign country. They are not always well accepted and therefore their church community and liturgy is really important and they are naturally inclined to stick to their own people.  In his ministry he realized that he had to find the way to balance belonging and integration with their faith journey.              Reflect, share and act. Scripture: The Lord said, “I desire mercy not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:1-6. Pope Francis:  Pastoral activity must be implemented with due respect for their cultures, for the human and religious formation from which they come and for the spiritual richness of their rites and traditions. AL 46.  SA Youth Responsibilities Bill 1. The right to equality places on me the responsibility to treat every person equally and fairly and not to discriminate against anyone.   Choose an act of love and sacrifice from the list, also published at