Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 23 December

Dilda and her child are Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Dilda, 38, fled with her children to escape violence in Myanmar

When her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had shown her so great a kindness, they shared her joy.

Luke 1:57-66

Elizabeth gave birth to a son named John. She had suffered for years because she wanted a child, but couldn’t conceive. So when her neighbours heard the wonderful news of the birth, they shared in Elizabeth’s thankfulness and joy.

In life’s moments of joy and celebration, pain and sorrow, the actions of family and friends can mean the world to us.

Our faith calls us to reach out to our worldwide family with love and compassion, especially to those who are vulnerable. 

Dilda, 38, fled with her family to escape violence in Myanmar. “We had to pay 10,000 taka (about £95) for the boat to cross into Bangladesh,” she says. “We didn’t bring a thing. We just grabbed the children and ran.”

It’s hard to imagine what Dilda has gone through. She and her children face the prospect of very little food and clean water. Working together with our Caritas partner, our emergency response helps refugees like Dilda to rebuild their lives with dignity. 

You can bring hope to families like Dilda’s, by reaching out in prayer and solidarity. As Pope Francis says, our sisters and brothers can “experience the presence of God among us just by, at that moment in their journey, finding somebody who cares” (Share the Journey, 2017).

Advent prayer

Christ, come into our world of darkness, light up our lives with your coming. Fulfil all our longings with the joy of your birth. Strengthen our resolve to work for change in our world and to share the hope of your birth that Advent brings. Amen.

Act

Please buy the emergency food World Gift to help families like Dilda’s. Thank you. 

This prayer was written by Sister Bridgetta Rooney.

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