Prayer for England
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England thy Dowry and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the cross. O sorrowful Mother, intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the supreme Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
A Christmas Story
Yet, as Pope Francis reminds us regularly, poverty and lack of basic necessities remains a sorrowful feature of our societies. So often, the powerful and mighty of this world conspire to crush the lives of the poor, or to treat the poor as something - hardly persons - to be disdained or despised.
The goodwill of the season has not yet reached into the hearts of BHT, nor Brighton and Hove City Council, as George and Diane still await news of their whereabouts come January 4th 2014.
In what should be preparations for Christmas, George and Diane are now making preparations for homelessness. The local authority have told them that since BHT's Olympus House is set to close and then re-open for a new remit, by 4th of January they will have overstayed their welcome. If the local authority - who adamantly refuse to place them anywhere in Brighton - do not move to place them somewhere, then not only does homelessness beckon for them, but they have been told by the manager of Olympus House that their belongings will be taken away to the local amenity site to be dumped as refuse.
Christmas cheer? Not around here! Even Diane's social worker is said to be horrified by the brutality and cold-heartedness of personnel working in Brighton's housing team, since George and Diane are victims in the changes in remit at Olympus House. Just imagine being told that from after Christmas you have to get out of a property and that all your stuff is going to get dumped! Diane has quite serious mental health problems and I genuinely worry for her safety. George, too, is understandably 'cracking up'. This is not a story that BHT have been keen to discuss, nor a story that The Argus appear too interested in either.