17th November.  Taking Action.  Isn’t it true that in spite of all the strife, conflict and disasters that we see on TV every day we mostly carry on living as normal. We may give some money to a disaster fund or a charity out of a sense of obligation, maybe guilt or compassion.  It seems that it is mainly when people have suffered a loss or are suffering from a particular disease they are prepared to take some action, maybe form or join a support group like COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS for those who have lost a child or SUICIDES ANONYMOUS.

Reflect, share, Scripture.    If they have the power to know so much that they could investigate the world, how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of all things?”  Wisdom 13:1-9.  Pope Francis : if the family in the light of faith accepts the presence of persons with special needs they will be able to recognise and ensure the quality and value of every human life, with its proper needs, rights and opportunities. AL47.  The Judaeo-Christian vision of the cosmos defends the unique and central value of the human being amid the marvellous concert of all God’s creatures. Today we are forced to recognise that human life is incomprehensible and unsustainable without other creatures. As part of the universe all of us are linked by unseen bonds and together form a kind of universal family, a sublime communion which fills us with a sacred, affectionate and humble respect.   Laudate Deum 67.  Action and prayer:  Remember in prayer the needs of those we have loved and lost.