Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 6 December

Pacific Warriors looking out to sea

Auimatagi Joseph looks out at the sea with other Pacific Warriors

“Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock.” 

Matthew 7:21, 24-27

As the climate changes and extreme weather becomes more common, more of us will face floods, gales and storms. Houses will fall or become unsafe to live in. 

“There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation… Sadly there is widespread indifference to such suffering, which is even now taking place throughout our world.” (Laudato Si’ #25) 

The Pacific Islands are right in eye of the storm. As sea levels rise they risk losing absolutely everything.  

Auimatagi Joseph, from Samoa, is a Pacific climate warrior. The Pacific climate warriors are a group of young people who encourage others to take action to protect the environment. They also try to influence climate policy at national and international levels, through sharing their stories. 

Auimatagi Joseph says, “When I was 16, my father took me out for a walk through our village, reciting the stories of our family and our people, stories of his childhood and the memories each place held. 

We walked towards the coast to show me where he went to school. Before we had even arrived, we were already in the sea. There, where his school once stood, was the open ocean. 

We stood there for a while, both our feet underwater, thinking of his school which now rested beneath the waves in front of us.” 

The earth is our common home, and all its people are our neighbours. This Advent let us listen and respond to both “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” (Laudato Si’ #49) 

Advent prayer

Creator God, open my ears to the hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Move me to respond in love so that all may flourish. Amen.

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