The Archbishop of Dublin said “prayer cannot be an escape from the harsh world” as he spoke today about the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Ordaining Anthony Kavanagh and Kellan Scott to the diaconate today, Archbishop Farrell said the Dominican vocation was shaped by the demands of history and the world today.
“Our prayer cannot be an escape from the harsh world. It is unthinkable to pay true attention to our neighbor without praying or being present for God,” he said.
“Certainly the tragic and cynical invasion of events in Ukraine these past few days brings this home.
“Throughout the ages, members of the Order have preached the good news of the gospel in difficult times.
“The vocation of the Dominicans was shaped by the demands of history and the contemporary world.
“Calling is to live a life in response to the needs of others and to the demands of the gospel in any given moment.”
The Archbishop of Dublin said Catholics cannot avoid reality “and hope to proclaim the word of the living God”.
“Our prayer, like our life, must not lose touch with human needs,” he added.
“We have not been forsaken by our God; God’s will is to be found in the situation we find ourselves in reduced numbers in ministry and religious life right now.
“Like Christ, we must pray to God in the face of the epochal change that the Church is facing, in the face of the migrants perishing in the Mediterranean Sea and in the face of those who have been killed in Ukraine or have been forced to flee their homes and their homeland enter silence.
“We remember that Calvary and the empty tomb are of the same rock; as Christians we remember that the cross and resurrection are the one word of the living God.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/prayer-cannot-be-an-escape-from-the-harsh-world-archbishop-of-dublin-dermot-farrell-on-ukrainian-conflict-41414877.html “Prayer cannot be an escape from the harsh world” – Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell on the conflict in Ukraine