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A final reflection on racial injustice.

The Catholic Association for Racial Justice


(CARJ) aims to raise awareness of the issues of racism and racial justice in schools
and in society generally.

The CARJ Prayer


Lord Jesus, we pray a blessing for all those actively engaged in the struggle for racial justice.
St Anne’s Catholic School, Southampton – Weekly reflections - w/b 14th September 2009

Holy Spirit, we beseech you to enter into the minds and hearts of all those in authority in the
Church.
Grant that we may
Hear the voices crying out for justice
Engage in developing a better understanding
Act to bring about change
Lead and inspire others by their good example.

The love of God is greater than all evil.

We pray for racial justice in our lives, in our school, in our dioceses and in our land.

GOSPEL REFLECTION Fasting – Ramadan

Jesus said, ‘If your brother, sister or Many of our Moslem students have already begun
friend does something wrong, go and a month of fasting during the month of Ramadan
have it out with them alone …If they (which began on 21st August).
listen to you, you have won back a Fasting is a tool used by believers of different faith
friend…’ traditions to help them be more reliant on God. It
also helps people identify with the poor in all
REFLECTION countries. We can support (and join) all who are
fasting by trying to live more simply and doing
Sometimes it’s hard to deal with other without things that are inessential. The prophet
people in the right way. If I’m hurt or Isaiah said:
angry I may keep my feelings to myself
or talk unkindly about someone behind Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to
their back. loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of
the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break
Lord, give me the courage I need to every yoke? (Isaiah 58).
speak honestly and openly with others.
Help me to forgive others and to accept Ask yourself: How can I show solidarity with
forgiveness from them. people who are suffering?

The relics (remains) of St


We are one in Christ Theresa of Lisieux will be in
Portsmouth this week. She often
One bread, one body, one Lord of all, prayed for people who took the
One cup of blessing that we bless. Gospel to others.
And we, though many, throughout the earth,
We, too, are called to be
sharers of the Good News of
We are one body in this one Lord.
God’s love for all people.
Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man: Lord, make us instruments of
in Christ these differences are not important your love.