“Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life.”
Over the weeks of Lent, we are introducing you to a number of the refugee friends JRS accompanies. We invite you to journey with their spirit.
Can you hear God’s words through them?
Florence’s Story – Part 2
A family friend travelled to London with Florence and allowed her to stay with them for a little while.
After a few weeks, the family friend wouldn’t allow her to stay with them anymore. She began to stay with another family in London, where she cared for their children and looked after the home, without payment. She felt trapped.
“I hoped to start a new life, but in that state it is very very difficult, not easy at all.”
Florence lived in domestic servitude for nearly five years.
Read the next stage of Florence’s journey tomorrow.
Pray with scripture
Today, we invite you to join Nick King SJ in reflecting on today’s Mass Readings. You can read the readings on Universalis.
“One of the issues that faces us during Lent is that of holiness, and in today’s first reading, we are told, firmly, “You are to be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy”. Then comes a list of what that holiness means for us; as well as the Ten Commandments, we are not to exploit the wages of those who work for us, we are to have proper respect for the poor; we are to love our neighbour as ourselves. And in the gospel we are given a most demanding account of what holiness means. What will be asked of us, it seems, on the day of judgement is not whether we made it to mass on Sundays, or managed to get our sexual morality right, but how we treated the hungry and thirsty, immigrants and those without clothes, the sick and the prisoners. Whatever we shall have done to them, we shall have done to the Son of Man. This is quite a challenge for us.”