Nearly 80 CAFOD volunteers gathered for a morning of prayer and reflection at the Benedictine Centre for Spirituality in Oakwood last Saturday. Guest speaker Clare Dixon, from CAFOD’s Latin American team, inspired the group by sharing many moving personal stories from her more than 30 years working for CAFOD.
Her talk focused very much on the importance of living in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the developing world, and the immense challenges they often face and overcome as a community.
Clare shared a story of Marta and her granddaughter Mayling, a family from Nicaragua whom you may hear about at Harvest Fast Day Masses this weekend. She explained how CAFOD is aiding the whole community as they rally together to support each other in times of hunger.
Clare also shared the moving story of a very poor community she lived alongside during the Guatemalan civil war. The poverty and hardship they had experienced was hard to contemplate. However, the community very much appreciated the solidarity shown by Clare as she lived alongside them and shared their danger. It was great to learn that CAFOD had been involved in enabling the very same community to gain access to clean water thanks to your generosity at last year’s Lent Fast Day.
We hope all in the diocese will show their solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the developing world by promoting the forthcoming CAFOD Harvest Fast Day in their parishes over the next two weekends. Resources and further information on this year’s Harvest Fast Day can be downloaded from: www.cafod.org.uk/CAFOD-in-your-area/Harvest-2013.