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Friday, 08 June 2018 18:31

Jesuit spirit-filled prayer resource marks faith and justice events

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0618SeasonsoftheSpirit 300June marks a number of important faith and justice events on the calendar and Jesuit Communications has put together a new resource, titled ‘Season of the Spirit’, to provide weekly prayers throughout this season.

For schools, ‘Season of the Spirit’ invites staff and students to consider how the coming of the Holy Spirit encourages us and invites us to consider our relationships with God, each other and creation.

Beginning in May, with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and running to the end of June, the resource encourages people to reflect prayerfully on how God is calling them to be his people in the world today. Each weekly prayer includes a scripture reading and reflection, with videos and other prayer resources to deepen people’s experiences.

The six-week program takes in a number of religious and secular events, and focuses on a range of social justice issues:
Week 1: Pentecost (20 May)
Week 2: Reconciliation week (27 May – 3 June)
Week 3: World Environment Day (3 June)
Week 4: Care for the homeless (10 June)
Week 5: Refugee Week (17 – 23 June)
Week 6: Feast of St Aloysius in the Jubilee Year (21 June)

The prayer resource has been written by James O’Brien, and includes reflections from Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ.

“The social justice days that we mark through May and June aren’t just discrete events – taken together they form an opportunity to shape the life and conscience of Australia”, said Michael McVeigh, from Jesuit Communications.

“Communities across the country will be marking Reconciliation Week, World Environment Day and Refugee Week. We want to help Catholic communities become moved into action through prayer and conversation.”

Michael said Pentecost was the ideal time to launch the program.

“It’s a reminder that all of us are called, as followers of Christ, to listen and be moved by the Holy Spirit to build God’s Kingdom in the world today,” he said.

There are two versions of the resource – one for secondary students, and one for staff in schools and other ministries.

For more information and to sign up for the prayer emails, visit the Jesuits Australia website.