Friday of the 1st week of Lent, 23rd February

Lenten Journeys

Friday of the 1st week of Lent, 23rd February

"I really feel at home with JRS"

23 February 2018

Friday of the 1st week of Lent, 23rd February

From Today’s Daily Mass Readings:

“…with the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption…”
Psalm 129

Many refugees accompanied by JRS journey in search of peace. Listen to their stories, where do you sense the Lord’s mercy?

Koffi’s Story

The process of seeking asylum is very psychologically tiring for many of our refugee friends who we accompany, and for Koffi he feels that the system is placing restrictions around him that try to decrease his motivation. “When you have restrictions it’s kind of a jail on your brain … When I hear people being here 15 years, 16 years, 20 years without status. It is 20 years where you cannot work.

The drain on a person’s mental health causes days to lose significance and merge into one. In the 3 years that Koffi has been in the UK he has never celebrated Christmas or a birthday because they are “family gatherings but when you are alone it doesn’t make sense.”

However, in Koffi’s current community he is able to feel like part of a family again and has been able to celebrate birthdays and Christmas. “For my birthday they gave me a card with good words … I bought something to have a souvenir of my first birthday I’ve celebrated in the UK.

I really feel at home with JRS


Join us tomorrow where we will introduce Bill and Felicia who volunteer with JRS UK as one of our hosts.


Today we are invited by the Pope to hold this Friday of Lent as a special day of prayer and fasting. He has asked that we offer up this day specifically for the people of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where cycles of terrible violence force hundreds to flee their homes daily.

JRS works with refugees from South Sudan and DRC in difficult conditions in East Africa, and serves many refugees from the DRC in the UK. Today, where you find moments of silence, we invite you to hold the people of these countries in your thoughts and prayers; pray that they may find peace wherever they may be.

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JRS UK are grateful to Koffi for sharing his story. Please do not reproduce without permission.

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The Hurtado Jesuit Centre
2 Chandler Street, London E1W 2QT

020 7488 7310

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