Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 7 December

Fadia stands in a street in Syria

Fadia supports families whose homes have been damaged by the war in Syria to rebuild

“And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.” 

Matthew 9:36

When Jesus sees the crowds today he feels sorry for them. He doesn’t just feel a vague sympathy and carry on his way. He takes action. He sends out his disciples to minister to the people, to reach out to those in most need.

We are called to do the same. We, too, are called to allow the situations of sorrow and injustice that we see in the world to move us to action.

Is there someone in your family, or a friend, or a colleague who is stressed or struggling in some way? What could you do to support them?  

How can we care for those beyond our immediate circle, who also need our support?

At CAFOD we believe that no one should be beyond the reach of the love and the care that they need.

We work with dedicated local experts, like Fadia, a social worker in Syria. She supports families whose homes have been damaged by the war, so that they can begin to repair them.

Fadia and those who work with her face an enormous challenge. There is so much to be done to help support families as they return home and try to rebuild their lives.

As she says, “It will take many years to rebuild. There are areas that are completely destroyed.”

But she is willing to take it on: “It is their right to return to their homes. We are ready to work harder to help more people.”

This Advent, we pray that our compassion for the struggles of others may move us to action. May we all do what we can to reach out in love to those in need.

Advent prayer

Christ Jesus, may we follow your example of compassion and love in action and do all that we can to support one another. Amen.


Spend some time in prayer, asking God to open your heart to others and to move us all to take action, so that no one is beyond reach of the support that they need.

Pray with us

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