This week is Refugee Week in the world community. A time to reflect on the horrors that drive individuals and families from their homes, and acknowledge our responsibility as global citizens, but particularly as Catholics who believe in the sacred dignity of each and every person.

The Catholic bishops of Australia have written extensively on our responsibility as a richly resourced nation …


a moment for grace

God of our Wandering Ancestors,

Long have we known

That your heart is with the refugee:

That you were born into time

In a family of refugees

Fleeing violence in their homeland,

Who then gathered up their hungry child

And fled into alien country.

Their cry, your cry, resounds through the ages:

“Will you let me in?”

Give us hearts that break open

When our brothers and sisters turn to us

with that same cry.

Then surely all these things will follow:

Ears will no longer turn deaf to their voices.

Eyes will see a moment for grace instead of a threat.

Tongues will not be silenced but will instead advocate.

And hands will reach out—

working for peace in their homeland,

working for justice in the lands where they seek safe haven.

Lord, protect all refugees in their travels.

May they find a friend in me

And so make me worthy

Of the refuge I have found in you.



Catholic Relief Services