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For those who have no home We pray this Advent

“Widespread homelessness is evidence of the failure of States to protect and ensure the human rights of the most vulnerable populations,” UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha said, pointing to the social stigma, discrimination, violence and criminalization experienced by people who are homeless. 3 March 2016

Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in late September, tens of thousands have left the island for Florida — either temporarily or permanently. LA Times
Wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes in Southern California. Boston Herald
Two years of massive bombing by a Saudi-led Arab coalition have destroyed hospitals, schools, factories, and mosques and reduced parts of many cities in Yemen to rubble. The destruction of water treatment plants and sewage systems has caused the worst cholera outbreak in modern history, with nearly a million people infected and thousands dead. The Week

Whose hearts are adrift

Whose belonging is fraught or shattered

The last time a global survey was attempted – by the United Nations in 2005 – an estimated 100 million people were homeless worldwide. As many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing (Habitat, 2015).

Whose lives are exploited or commodified

taken by force or kept by force

by the forces of greed and illicit gratification.

We long to make things right,

to be authors of remediation,

stewards of goodness,

attendant to renewed awe, having respect for every atom.

Post your prayer in our online chapel for all those not at home

Text: Mary Wickham rsm (ISMAPNG) from Home/Hogar.Presentation: MIA Communications

Credits:

Created with images by Paul Kehrer - "4am on the Red Line" • neurotic_buddha - "Homeless guy fishing on the street of Paris" • tom9802 - "sad man sad son loading dock" • David East - "Man Parking Lot London" • TheChanel - "homeless" • MarioMancuso - "lady car" • childhoodtrophy - "brittany asleep" • Jakob Owens - "untitled image" • USDAgov - "20140917-FS-UNK-0002" • Gerry & Bonni - "Girls in Qalansiya" • Jean Gerber - "Lonely woman at beach" • Chad Madden - "What’s She Thinking?" • sinnedasAkmak - "Lonely" • Myriams-Fotos - "boy child sad" • Nursultan Rakysh - "Man looking at lake, Almaty" • LubosHouska - "street coffee café" • Mike Wilson - "Woman smoking in alley" • Mojpe - "boy alone sitting" • SHTTEFAN - "GHOST" • Engin_Akyurt - "rope model exposure" • Enrapture Media - "Castle Cornet in Guernsey from above" • Alessio Lin - "Silhouette" • blmurch - "Greed Mural"

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