Reflections from Fr Claude

First Sunday of Lent

Today we find rich symbols of God's presence and care for the earth and all upon it. The ‘bow in the clouds’ signifies God's covenant of peace with all creation. The Noah myth also depicts a God who desires the flourishing of life on Earth. This story is one of re-creation where things are put together again by healing and reconciliation. The hovering ‘dove’ bids us come ashore in peace; to cease from our forgetfulness; to end the violence - whether in our bedrooms, workplaces, community, nation, or between nations.

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As we enter the fourth month of the war in Gaza with more than 25,000 Palestinians killed, thousands of whom are children, we renew our call for an urgent, permanent ceasefire agreement that will put a stop to these atrocities. This must include the return by Hamas and its allies of all hostages still held in Gaza. 

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Once again the latest Productivity Commission report on Closing The Gap policy outcomes has shown that governments across the country are failing Indigenous communities by taking a business-as-usual and "government knows best" approach.
The report, released earlier today, accuses the federal government of “weak” action on key areas, not fulfilling its promises and a “disregard” for the suggestions of Indigenous communities. It says efforts to eliminate institutional racism in areas such as justice and health have “received little effort”.
These latest findings are evidence of why a Voice to Parliament in policy development and implementation is so important, and why the Edmund Rice Centre will continue to advocate in partnership with our First Nations brothers and sisters for the fundamental changes needed to ensure a thriving future for all.

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