If you give the world the best you have, you may get kicked in the teeth but give the world the best you have anyway. Mother Teresa highlights the importance of striving to do good despite not always seeing direct results.
Blame and scapegoating of society’s problems are often placed on the working class, with the middle class ‘looking up and blaming down’ . Church Action on Poverty provide this reflection which initiates a deeper thinking about reversing this process.
We have failed to love if we have caused human suffering or if we have been indifferent to human suffering. Reflecting on the Gospel of Luke Chapter 10 – to love ones neighbour whoever they might be, this reflection calls us to serve and practise this.
When we think of development we primarily think of economic progress, but we must also need to strive towards authentic development – allowing the individual to grow into the person God intended them to be.
Valuing the sanctity of life as a Christian is to live life to the full with the central commitment of loving faith.
The power of community for those going through struggles and dealing with life’s hard lessons is felt strongly in this prayer.
A Christian call for truly sustainable development by Mary Colwell, an award winning broadcaster and writer, and a consultant on faith and the environment.
Reminds us of the wealth and potential in the laws of nature and goods created, by Saint John Paul II.
Faustino Reyes reflects on how man has changed from using his natural instinct to relying on technology. This has created a slash and burn method of argicultural farming, causing deforestation and the disappearance of wildlife and nature. We are called to protect the earth’s natural resources in this reflection.
Jim O’Keefe, a parish priest shares his thoughts on living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with one another. To livesimply is when we discover we are content with less, to live sustainably – realising we are sustained by God, and to live in solidarity with each other – by having a deep respect for our sisters and brothers throughout the world.
Farmers from El Salvador ask God to enrich the soil through their work, and as humble farmers they ask for strength. They also pray for God to protect them from those who are greedy, making commerce of the land, water and the earth.
Living simply allows us to be closer to God as material possessions and lavish lifestyles often prevent this, inhibiting us to help others. By practising a life of simplicity encourages people to act in selflessness, justice and charity.
The true meaning of peace reflects on the importance of the partnership of peace and justice where to livesimply demands that everyone strives for the right relationship with one another.
Ross Langmead outlines why justice is essential to the Gospels which highlight the importance of reconciliation, forgiveness and fairness.
This prayer asks for God to teach us to speak out for those who are victims of injustice, to resolve the conflict and hurt of others, praying for a world of peace, free from conflict and injustice.
Former MP John Battle reflects on taking up the cause of the poor and oppressed in ways that respect them as agents of their own liberation.
livesimply is about being true to who we are, remembering we are bound together in creation and we must shy away from globalisation.
This prayer reflects on the importance of our relationship of solidarity with God. I give you my hands to do your work, I give you my feet to go your way, I give you my eyes to see as you do…