Tomorrow we mark World Day of Migrants and Refugees and this year's theme, “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee”, focuses on the pastoral care of internally displaced people who have fled their home to find safety within their own country. The Australian Jesuits' next Provincial, Fr Quyen Vu SJ, has a personal understanding of and compassionate empathy for the displaced, the rejected, and the impoverished:
The COVID-19 pandemic has been around for more than six months now. I have been eagerly waiting for the end of the stage four lockdown in Victoria and then the end of the pandemic, but it seems that these milestones will never come. I have missed you all. I miss the church. I miss the people of God. I miss the many opportunities to celebrate the mystery of God in the Sacraments with God’s people. It has made me feel deeply sad. I can’t wait to see the end of this pandemic but it seems as if no one has any idea when this will happen. However, as Christians we are people of hope. Hence, I hope that the end of this dreadful pandemic will arrive sooner rather than later.
For all the fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers of our yesterdays and todays, and for the fathers of tomorrow who will soon be holding their very first newborn, we bring you especially into our prayers and hearts as we wish you a Happy Father's Day.
"Every family needs a father — a father who shares in his family's joy and pain, hands down wisdom to his children and offers them firm guidance and love." -- Pope Francis