Faith Facts this week include:-
On September 21st, the Church celebrates the Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. In 1953 on this feast day, the young Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, experienced God in his life in a “very special and intimate way. He felt his heart touched by the mercy of God. In memory of this event Francis chose as his episcopal, and later papal motto, the words , “Miserando atque eligendo” from Saint Bede’s homily on the calling of St Matthew.
Through history men and women have died for their faith in Christ. Two such men were Andrew Kim Tea-gon and Paul Chong Ha-sang. Along with their companions they were killed in one of the many Christian persecutions in the 19th Century.
Christianity spread throughout the world but it was and is easy to be Christian, even today, in many parts of the world.
Here is a prayer that families can prayer together thanking God for the gift of the wondrous creation of our Earth :-
God of the universe,
We thank You for Your many good gifts -
For the beauty of Creation and its rich and varied fruits,
For clean water and fresh air, for food and shelter, animals and plants.
Forgive us for the times we have taken the earth's resources
And wasted what You have given us.
Transform our hearts and minds
So that we would learn to care and share,
To touch the earth with gentleness and with love,
Respecting all living things.
We pray for all those who suffer as a result of our waste,
greed and indifference,
And we pray that the day would come when everyone has enough
food and clean water.
Help us to respect the rights of all people and all species
And help us to willingly share your gifts
Today and always. Amen.