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Keeping Watch With Those Seeking Sanctuary

August 07, 2013

Since the Federal Government’s announcement to resettle asylum seekers in PNG, Australians have been seriously concerned by the Government’s and Opposition’s demonstrated lack of compassion for desperate people fleeing for their lives.

Across the world, Josephites and our Associates are praying, writing letters, signing petitions and ringing politicians to plead for greater humanity and justice.

This week, 8 August, the feast of Mary MacKillop, Josephites are inviting all Australians and people of good will to join with us in a prayer vigil, as a sign of your solidarity with asylum seekers. Mary’s feast is an opportunity for all of us to engage in a communal prayer that will enable us to stand with those who have been pushed to the edges and excluded from our land.

You could use the prayer provided, or choose one of your own choice. You could pray alone or in a group. You could join with us in prayer by posting your reflection or prayer online in the Prayer Space on the Mary MacKillop Website.

As we keep vigil on this feast of Mary MacKillop – an Australian woman, whose life was motivated by compassion for those most in need - we too pray for compassion. And we grieve.

We grieve on two fronts. We grieve for those who will suffer enormously because of the actions of our Government. But we mourn also the apparent undermining of what is best in our nation’s values by turning our backs instead of extending our hands.

Join us in prayer for justice and compassion. 

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