Sunday, 7 August 2011

Catholic Worker Farm

As I made my home after evening prayer at St Thomas' tonight I met Scott Albrecht. Scott and his family live, work, worship and I guess lead the Catholic Worker Farm (click the link to see their own website) just off the Old Uxbridge road in West Hyde.

The Catholic Worker Farm are working to support and accommodate destitute women (whom they call 'Guests'). These are vulnerable homeless women and children, unentitled to benefits or work permits, are literally "street homeless". Together they try, with the guests, to live each day by the love and values of Jesus Christ.

 From their own website: '...The Catholic Worker movement began simply enough on May 1, 1933, when a journalist named Dorothy Day and a philosopher named Peter Maurin teamed up to publish and distribute a newspaper called The Catholic Worker. This radical paper promoted the biblical promise of justice and mercy. Grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person, their movement was committed to non-violence, voluntary poverty, and the Works of Mercy as a way of life. It wasn't long before Dorothy and Peter were putting their beliefs into action, opening a house of hospitality where the homeless, the hungry, and the forsaken would always be welcome. Over many decades the movement has protested injustice, war, and violence of all forms. Today there are some 185 Catholic Worker communities throughout the world. `The aim of the Catholic Worker movement is to live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ. Our sources are the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures as handed down in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, with our inspiration coming from the lives of the saints, men and women outstanding in holiness, living witnesses to Your (God's) unchanging love...'

At the heart of what they do at Lynsters Farm lie very traditional Catholic works of mercy which all Christians could subscribe to.

I hope that in the weeks, months and years that lie ahead we can find ways of working, worshipping with, praying for and supporting this work of divine mercy on our doorstep.

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