A Chance
for Life


Bearers of Hope

Day 27: Friday, week 4

Keeping Hope Alive

Keeping alive the hope for the world that Mary proclaimed in the song of the Magnificat so many years ago is an important aspect of being midwives of hope (Lk 1:39-55). In face of injustice around the globe, compassion leads us to cry out in anguish as God did before the injustices which Israel faced: “For too long I have held my peace, I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labour, I will gasp and pant” (Is 42:14). This is how we often feel when working to counteract injustice in a nonviolent way.

Being midwives of hope is to work diligently to ensure that all life remains sacred and that freedom, peace, and justice remain inalienable rights for all.

Our work for peace, justice and the integrity of creation are in reality a cosmic dance that must take place within our families, in our neighbourhoods, our workplaces, our schools, our churches, our communities: everywhere on earth and for the earth.


  • In what way am I in solidarity with persons who suffer injustice, contempt? What is my attitude before such actions and the persons concerned?
  • What is my attitude towards refugees?
  • Am I a conciliatory person?

    A person is by nature conciliatory, if they experience the need for reconciliation with God.

    We are not able to console forgive and support injustice with patience if we don’t recognize this obligation (duty) towards Christ who forever offers us the possibility of being reconciled with God. (J. F. Keenan, Les Oeuvres de Misericorde, p. 86)

  • What does it mean for me to work for the integrity of all creation?

Flowering Life

Mandala created by Rachel


Obtain for us now a new ardour born of the resurrection,
that we may bring to all the Gospel of life
which triumphs over death.
Give us a holy courage to seek new paths,
that the gift of unfading beauty
may reach every man and woman.
(Pope Francis. The Joy of the Gospel pp. 191-2)

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