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751: “It Can’t Be Carried Alone” : Taize and suggestions for Ukraine donations

Day 751: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

“It Can’t Be Carried Alone”

How can we not feel shock or rage at what is happening

to the people of Ukraine—

As we watch their suffering unfold in real time

from an unfair distance?

Who of us does not feel inept or powerless

before such manifest evil? In this, at least, we are united.

Our partisan divisions now appear small and trivial.

Remember what we teach: both evil and goodness are,

first of all, social phenomena.

The Body of Christ is crucified and resurrected

at the same time. May we stand faithfully

Inside both these mysteries (contemplation).

In loving solidarity, we each bear what is ours to carry,

the unjust weight of crucifixion,

in expectant hope for God’s transformation.

May we be led to do what we can on any level (action)

to create resurrection!

The people of Ukraine have much to teach the world.

Father Richard wrote the following poem in response to the collective suffering of the people of Ukraine.

In this time of chaos and loss I turn to Taize for some reflection. Here's a link to April's Taize Prayer from the Sisters of Mercy - Burlingame

How to support Ukraine: Several ways to donate

Suggestion: Donate through the Santa Rosa Rotary

Here's the Cherkasy (Sister City) Ukraine Rotary website from a letter from Cherkasy Rotary. If you look all the way to the bottom you’ll see information about Santa Rosa Rotary clubs and the letter from the mayor of Santa Rosa, Chris Rogers.

Santa Rosa East/West Rotary club in conjunction with the Santa Rosa Rotary Club sent $15,000 last week to the Cherkasy Ukraine Rotary Club.


Dan Lambert

707-484-5808 Mobile

Other places to donate:

Suggestion: Donate to Doctors without Borders

Thank you for supporting our lifesaving work.

Your 100% tax-deductible gift helps Doctors Without Borders respond quickly to emergencies in places like Ukraine, Haiti, Yemen and beyond. We are currently not able to earmark funds exclusively for our work in Ukraine, however, it is possible to earmark your gift to our Emergency Relief Fund. If you wish to earmark your gift to the Emergency Relief Fund, please contact us at (888) 392-0392 or

Suggestion: Donate to Caritas or Catholic Relief Services

which shares the mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and to promote charity and justice throughout the world.

We are inspired by the Gospels and by the hopes of people living in poverty. We encourage everyone to respond to humanitarian disasters, to promote integral human development and to advocate on the causes of poverty and violence. We animate Catholic communities and all people of good will in solidarity with the suffering of their brothers and sisters around the world.

Suggestion: Donate to Jesuit Refugee Services

"JRS has been following with concern the developments in Ukraine even before the start of the Russian military offensive. We join with Pope Francis in grieving the “diabolical senselessness of violence” and in asking all parties to “refrain from any action that would cause more suffering.”

The Ukrainian people need a safe environment and our friendship, time to gather their powers and to calm down. These will still need sustainable solutions to regulate their accommodation, jobs or assistance to go to other relatives/friends in Europe.

Serving Refugees Around the World since 1980

JRS was founded in November 1980 by Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, to respond to the plight of Vietnamese refugees fleeing their war-ravaged homeland.

Following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese fled their homes, setting out in overcrowded boats across the South China Sea. Many did not survive the journey; they were killed by pirates, or drowned because of storms and rough seas. Fr Arrupe felt compelled to act. He called on the Jesuits “to bring at least some relief to such a tragic situation.”

Suggestion: Donate to World Central Kitchen

On February 24, Russia launched a large-scale attack on neighboring Ukraine, invading the country on several fronts. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian families are fleeing their homes in search of safety. Working at a 24-hour pedestrian border crossing in southern Poland, WCK began serving hot, nourishing meals immediately. Now, we've expanded our efforts to serve accommodation centers in Poland as well as in Romania, Moldova, and other locations supporting refugees. WCK is also partnering with restaurants inside of Ukraine to get hot meals to anyone in need.

These are only suggestions. You may have others. Let me know

- with love from David

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