“Let us pause once more in front of the manger and say, as we turn to that newborn Child, to all children of this earth: You are our love, you are our future! We want to give you the best that we have. We want to give you a better and more just world: a world of human brotherhood and peace.”
These words, from the 1979 Christmas message by Pope John Paul II, are like a prayer. To give children “the best we have” means giving them faith. It is from Faith that a better world will be born. What a great gift it is to help to pass it on today, even during this time of the coronavirus. In Ukraine, many are involved in passing on this gift – including those on the computer screen taking part in the remote digital training sessions for catechists, and the religious Sister in front of the camera, who is giving the classes. All of them are helping to pass on the Faith – the Sister to the catechists, and the catechists to the children and teenagers.
Students and teachers of religion are being trained in the same way, as are lay leaders of prayer groups and Bible study groups. The Pedagogical and Catechetical Institute of the Catholic University of Ukraine in Lviv is supporting them in this work, but it cannot cover all the costs involved. So they have asked us for help. We have promised AUD$8,200. How many of you could contribute just AUD$40, so that this initiative can continue to pass on the gift of faith?
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