Let Justice and Peace Flow
Ōtari Parish held “Stations of the Cross for Care of Creation’ to celebrate the Day of Prayer for Creation on Friday 1st September. After the Stations of the Cross during a reflection time people were invited to add their water to a bowl on the display. This was symbolic of the power of different bodies of water coming together. As people of God we must work together on behalf of all Creation, as part of the mighty river of peace and justice.
Pope Francis says in his Message for World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation 2023:
“Like a river basin with its many tiny and larger tributaries, the Church is a communion of countless local Churches, religious communities and associations that draw from the same shared waters.
Each source adds its unique and irreplaceable contribution, until all flow together into the vast ocean of God’s loving mercy.
In the same way that a river is a source of life for its surroundings, our synodal Church must be a source of life for our common home and all its inhabitants.
In the same way that a river gives life to all kinds of animal and plant life, a synodal Church must give life by sowing justice and peace in every place it reaches.”
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