At the end of November, Danny Sweeney, Social Justice Coordinator for Justice and Peace Scotland and a volunteer animator for Salesian Youth Ministry, was part of a delegation hosted by the Catholic Worker House in Calais, France, who had gone to meet young refugees and the people helping them, a year after the camp known as “the jungle” was removed. Danny writes about the experience.
“We take our Saints seriously in this house!” This was what Br Johannes told me the first morning we were in Calais as we gathered for morning prayer. After picking a couple of hymns (‘Be thou my vision’, and the Taizé chant ‘Ubi Caritas’ for those who are wondering), Johannes had handed me a book which contained readings about the lives of Witnesses; not all (yet) Saints, but holy men and women, to serve as inspiration at the start of the day. Br Johannes’ statement was in response to my asking if I should read the ‘short quote’, or the ‘long biography’ of Saint Joseph Pignatelli SJ, who led the Jesuits during their exile from Spain. “Both” was the correct answer.