Justice Peace and the Integrity of Creation
As Anglican members of the First Order and Third Order of the Society of St. Francis of the European Province, we are inspired by St Francis and St Clare to compassionate action grounded in contemplative prayer.
The Second Aim of the Third Order: To spread the spirit of love and harmony.
The Order sets out, in the name of Christ, to break down barriers between people and to seek equality for all. We accept as our second aim the spreading of a spirit of love and harmony among all people. We are pledged to fight against the ignorance, pride, and prejudice that breed injustice or partiality of any kind.
Members of The Third Order fight against all injustice in the name of Christ, in whom there can be neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female; for in him all are one. Our chief object is to reflect that openness to all which was characteristic of Jesus. This can only be achieved in a spirit of chastity, which sees others as belonging to God and not as a means of self-fulfilment.
As Tertiaries, we are prepared not only to speak out for social justice and international peace, but to put these principles into practice in our own lives, cheerfully facing any scorn or persecution to which this may lead.
Prayers for 31 January
The 31st January falls in the Poverty and Homelessness Action Week and I am sure our prayers will find a focus there, but we have also been asked to pray for the Syrian Refugees living in unspeakable conditions in refugee camps, and that other European Countries, apart from Germany who has already done so, may be compassionate enough to allow some of these refugees into their countries.
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