Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Moslem youth from Britain's cities...

...are flocking to join the Moslem armies in the Middle East...and this Easter the Church around the world has been praying for the Christians fleeing from the Moslem onslaught...

The West of England in Springtime -  all along the grassy lanes are bright starry celandines and clumps of pale primroses. I walked this morning to this tiny chapel, accompanied by birdsong and the baa-ing of sheep as their lambs frolicked with wobbly legs...the chapel is open and is evidently in the care of people who cherish it: a posy of fresh primroses on the altar, everything clean and welcoming: an invitation to prayer.

Followinga family gathering in Oxfordshire for Easter, we are now continuing Eastertide with further family visits, this time on Exmoor...

I'm working on essays for the Catechist course (School of the Annunciation: warmly recommended) looking up from time to time to relish the most glorious views.  I'm interspersing the work with tackling some envelopes to primary schools for this year's Schools RE Project run by the Association of Catholic Women. You can read about some of the previous Projects here...we always get good numbers of entries, and are glad to be supporting the work of Catholic schools in this way. This year's Project is on the Rosary, and the aim is to help children understand the value and importance of this prayer, learning about the four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious.  They have to study the Joyful Mysteries, and learn about them:"Each of these Mysteries describes an event. Choose three of them and tell us the story of each in yur own words. Tell us why each of these is important. You can illustrate your work, too, if you like."

3 comments:

Part-time Pilgrim said...

Justice requires truthfulness; truthfulness requires accuracy. "Flocking" is hardly the accurate word.

Joanna Bogle said...

The figures for the number of young people from Britain going to the Middle East to join the Moslem armies ("ISIS" etc) are uncertain: authorities in Britain give the figure as between 600 and 800.That is not very large. But if that number of people - or, say, half that number - were hurrying to a particular shop to buy a bargain in the sales, they would be described as "flocking" to do so. It is a verb that we use when a fairly large number of people are all intent on one thing and going in the same direction, rather like a flock of sheep. Truthfulness requires accuracy. Notable groups of young people from one country travelling to join an army in another can usefully be described as "flocking" to do so.

Part-time Pilgrim said...

Flocking implies, as you say, "all intent on one thing". That's why it is unjust. The vast majority of "Moslem Youth" in this country regard ISIS and their ilk the same way nearly everyone else does - repulsion with a little bit of fear. Your opening implies that the majority of young Moslems support ISIS.