More than thirty people attended CAFOD’s day of Reflection held on the 18 April at Sacred Heart, Leighton Buzzard. Those who attended were from parishes in Aylesbury, Bourne End, Bedford, Chesham, Flitwick, Luton, Princes Risborough, Winslow and even from outside the diocese – London.
Some volunteers baked and brought delicious cakes and there was time before the start of the day to meet and chat to other supporters, some of whom had never attended a CAFOD day before.
The opening CAFOD reflection focused on how we feel towards the earth with the effect of Climate change and participants were asked what they can and are doing to help. We were reminded of how “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed it was very good.”
Brian Purfield of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre, London, gave the input for the day. In the morning session we focused on the account of creation in the first chapter of Genesis. Brian led us (via his great artistic ability!) to see how creation, a formless void, was formed and populated and how it became a temple of God that Adam, and all of us, are called to serve and look after.
Kath Beavil from Princes Risborough and several other supporters said, “why have we not heard this before? It is so enlightening and it really makes sense now!”
After lunch, we saw a short clip about how climate change is affecting our planet and were asked: How do you see the world? This was followed by a session from Brian on how St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology, saw the world in his Canticle of the Creatures. It was very inspiring and gave us plenty of food for thought. One of those present said “I didn’t realise all this about St Francis and now I want to know more”. We ended the day with a CAFOD reflection on St Francis using scripture and the Canticle.
“It was a great and inspirational day” said Theresa Short from Leighton Buzzard who echoed the feedback from all those who attended, “I am so glad I came”.