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A life of waiting questions and activities

Staff  |  11 March 2021

Read ‘A life of waiting’ in the autumn 2021 edition of Australian Catholics, answer the questions, and take part in the following activities.


  • Where are your ‘waiting’ places?
  • Do you agree with Fr David Holdcroft that this waiting time could be spent doing more ‘important’ things? How then do you fill the time?
  • If you, as the majority tend to do, spend the time on social media, can you challenge yourself to spend some of that waiting time unplugged and unconnected? How does it feel to be not always ‘on’? How do you then spend the time – daydreaming, praying, staring out the window?
  • Read Waiting in line’ by Fr Richard Leonard. Do you agree with him about the ability to queue as being an overlooked gift?


Research refugee centres. Write a report about these centres. Where are they? Who works in them? How are they funded? What is the likely future for most refugees? Why do people become refugees?

Now imagine you are in a refugee camp and write a diary of your experiences. Are you a refugee? How did you become a refugee? How did you get to the camp? Who’s in the camp with you? What do you do with your days? How do you stay hopeful for the future? What do you pray for? Are you an aid worker/doctor/teacher/administrator? How did you come to the camp? What does your work entail? How do you stay hopeful for the future? What do you pray for?

Pray. During the next couple of weeks leading up to Easter, make a special effort to pray for refugees. You may like to compose your own prayers of intercession, or your own special prayer.


Read ‘A life of waiting’ in the autumn 2021 edition of Australian Catholics and talk with the students about where they spend time waiting. Talk with them about how Lent is a time of waiting in preparation for the Resurrection.

Activity – Special prayers for peace

Refugees are often driven from their homes and country because of wars and conflicts. In this activity the aim is for students to understand that through his Resurrection Jesus gave us the gift of peace. In praying for peace, students should also understand the misery and displacement conflict can bring about.


  1. Ask the children to share what they know about why we celebrate Easter and encourage them to share how they celebrate Easter at home and at church.
  2. Discuss how during the Easter season, we remember that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, rose from the dead, and gave us the gift of peace.
  3. At this time, invite the children to read Luke 24:36-43, where Jesus appears to his disciples, saying the words ‘Peace be with you’.
  4. After the reading, discuss the gifts of peace that Jesus shared with those who saw him.
  5. Discuss how, just as Jesus gave the gift of peace to his disciples, he gives the gift of peace to all who believe in him.
  6. Invite the children to create prayer cards to help them pray for the gift of peace.
  7. Although the children may be working with a partner, encourage each child to create a prayer card to bring home.
  8. Close by inviting the children to share their prayers for peace. Remind them to share their prayers at home with other family members.

Activity 2: Draw and write a story about someone who is living in a refugee camp after they and their family fled their home because of war. Highlight some of the things that they have to do during their day – queueing up for food, waiting for access to a computer to write to friends and relatives, finding ways to spend their time while wishing they had work/school to go to. You could use the stories in the article as examples. How does the person feel living in the camp? What do they dream about for their future? Can you imagine a happy ending for this person? Share your stories with the class and discuss how these stories might influence the way we respond to refugees in Australia.

Activity 3: Write a prayer or poem for asylum seekers and refugees who have left their family, friends and country behind and are living in a refugee camp. If you feel comfortable share your prayer or poem with your class.



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