World Hijab Day
On February 1st of every year, World Hijab Day Organization asks global citizens of all faiths and backgrounds to wear the Hijab (head-covering) for a day in solidarity with Muslim women worldwide. The motto for World Hijab Day 2020 is “Unity in Diversity” with the hashtag #EmpoweredInHijab.
The overall mission of WHD is to create a more peaceful world where global citizens respect each other. Particularly, WHD focuses on fighting bigotry, discrimination, and prejudice against Muslim women. This is most crucial in these times where Hijab is being banned in some countries while in other countries, Muslim women are being targeted and harassed verbally and physically.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
we pray for all who choose to wear the hijab as an expression of faith and identity;
that they will be shown understanding and respect.
We pray, too, for a world where diversity is embraced
and peace, justice and equality are the norm.
We pray this in your holy name. AMEN
Children's Mental Health Week
Birthday of Rosa Parks
This is a biographical video (3:16) of Rosa Parks.
This a longer video (11:28) which is an excellent resource (part of the BBC Teach series) - well worth spending a few days of Sacred Time exploring this.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY (CLICK HERE for a 1:00 video of this prayer)
We give thanks for the life of Rosa Parks who sat down for justice,
so millions of others could stand up in dignity.
We are thankful for her generous spirit and quiet courage
that gave hope to so many.
She remains a role model for us,
reminding us what one person can do
to challenge injustice in a peaceful way.
We do not know what impact our words and actions may have.
But may we, like Rosa, take those small steps
that can open the way to a better world.
We pray this in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN
Feast day of St. Jose Sanchez del Rio
St. José Luis Sanchez del Rio
José Sanchez del Rio was born in the western Mexican state of Michoacan de Ocampo, on March 28th, 1913.
For many years, Mexico had been embroiled in a nasty internal conflict between the Catholic Church and the State government. As a result, war erupted between the Catholics and the state in 1926. The war became known as the “Cristero War,” named by faithful Catholics for “Christ the King,” It lasted three years.
José emerged as an unlikely hero and eventual martyr of the struggle, sacrificing his life as a witness to his Catholic faith. José begged his mother to allow him to join his brothers as a soldier in supporting the Catholic efforts. She refused but he persisted.
Even at his tender age, José possessed a remarkable faith. When his mother relented, the boy performed menial tasks for the Cristeros forces. His dedication to Christ the King never wavered: despite governmental prohibition of the public practice of religion, José attended Mass whenever possible, received Holy Communion and never hesitated to proclaim his faith.
During one battle, a Cristero leader, General Guizar Morfín, lost the horse he was riding to enemy fire. Young José offered his own horse to the General to prevent his capture by federal troops but, in the process, was himself apprehended. The anti-Cristeros soldiers imprisoned and violently tortured him.
Efforts to free him proved unsuccessful. José prayed the Rosary daily throughout his imprisonment. Upon transfer to another prison, José was told he would be executed for his unbending dedication to his faith. He received the news with the courage of his religious convictions. As his captors beat him mercilessly, he could be heard praying “Long live Christ the King! Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe!”
They took his shoes and removed the skin from the bottom of his feet, forcing him to walk to the cemetery, barefoot and bleeding, where soldiers repeatedly stabbed him.
He refused to reject his faith in order to spare his own life. José Sánchez del Río was shot twice and his martyred body was thrown into an open grave on February 10th, 1928, one month short of his 15th birthday.
On October 16th 2016, Pope Francis canonised José Sánchez del Río a saint. His feast day is February 10th.
we give thanks for the faith and courage of St. Jose.
When our faith wavers, strengthen us.
When times are hard, comfort us.
When all seems lost, inspire us.
We pray this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
St. Julie: pray for us, protect us and bless us.