Ealing Abbey Justice and Peace group is a lay parish group working within the parish of St Benedict, Ealing Abbey.
We meet once a month to catch up on local, national and international Justice and Peace issues, think about how we can respond to them and plan how we and the parish can put these ideas into action. Meetings are open to all. Dates are posted on the Calendar and on the J&P noticeboard in the parish. If you cannot attend meetings but would like be involved, check this website to see what we have been up to.
The Church's Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching is the Church's authoritative teaching, based on gospel values relating to political, social and environmental issues. It is not an ideology or a model, but a method: it provides criteria for reflection, judgement and action to enable the faith-filled discernment of particular historical, political and cultural situations.
Guiding principles are:
1. The dignity of the human person: made in the image of God, human beings have a fundamental and inalienable dignity and freedom. This means the Church rejects any policy or ideology that reduces people to economic units or passive dependence.
Source: Catholic Social Teaching website
EAST AFRICA CRISIS
16 million people across East Africa are facing starvation and need urgent help. Please donate today and provide food and water to those in need.
2017 Centenary of Oscar Romero's birthdayFeast Day of Blessed Oscar Romero
Fri 24th March. St George’s Cathedral, Southwark SE1 7HY 12.30pm Mass with Bishop Patrick LynchEcumenical Service
Sat 25th March - The Secret of Romero – Passion for God and Compassion for the Poor 11am St Martin in the FieldsRomero’s Birthday
Saturday, 12 August – St George’s Cathedral, Southwark SE1 7HY
Saturday, 23 September – London
Thursday, 30 November – Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford
Foodbank Shopping List:
Items always needed:
Small quantities only. TINS, not cartons please. Pasta, rice, baked beans, tinned tomatoes not needed.
Make Ealing Abbey Fairtrade!
In his early life, St Benedict (480–547 A.D.) weighed up the value of a nobleman's life, romantic love, and dedication to the Gospel. Choosing the latter, he left Rome in his twenties, undertaking to escape the evils of a great city. Meeting a monk, he took on the monastic habit and lived the life of a hermit under the shadow of that monastery for 3 years.
After an unpopular and brief spell as the monastery's abbot, he left and resumed life in his cave. News of his sanctity and miracles spread. For those who visited and wished to stay, St Benedict established 12 monasteries in the surrounding area, placing superiors in charge, and writing for them a Rule, upon which Benedictine monasticism today is based. He himself remained as Abbot over all and eventually took up residence at the 13th monastery, Monte Cassino, where he also died, and which was the site of a bitter battle between the Allies and the Germans during WWII.
The purpose of St Benedict's Rule, characterised by moderation, is to bring men "back to God by the labour of obedience, from whom they have departed by the idleness of disobedience" (Rule of St Benedict, Prologue).
"The regeneration of the individual, except in abnormal cases, is not reached by the path of solitude, nor by that of austerity, but by the beaten path of man's social instinct, with its necessary conditions of obedience and work" (New Avent Encyclopaedia).