Anita Finneran was the keynote speaker for this morning’s rally at Veritas. Bursting onto the scene as Wonder Woman, Anita addressed the crowd with zeal.

Anita, the Justice Educator at Caritas for Western Australia and the Northern Territory spoke of her personal story and how through her work she is able to express her faith.

She spoke of the joy, wonder and faith that both Elizabeth and Mary must have felt when Mary visited her, pregnant with our Lord. Mary’s ‘yes’ has given humanity hope and a reason to rejoice – she is the true Wonder Woman.

Anita Finneran from Caritas Australia at Veritas Youth Festival Day 2 Morning Rally. Photo from Iceberg Media.

When Anita and her family moved from Sydney to Perth the difficulties she and her family faced caused Anita to reflect on the great moments in life. She pointed out that it is not always the moments that feel great that lead us closer to God, but those moments of hardship where we put our trust in God that are truly great.

As the second largest aid agency in the world, Anita’s work with Caritas has enabled her to live out her faith in action. She emphasised that we are instruments to God’s good work and that He has a plan for each of us.

Singing two songs, one of her own composition, Anita reflected on the universality of Catholicism and reminded us all to go out and live with compassion and love. She stated that it is not enough to live as an observer, but we must live our lives as participants. She challenged all who were gathered to think about, then act upon how each of us can contribute to positive change in the world.

Caritas is currently running two appeals. The Hearts for Climate Change Petition, and African Emergency Appeal “Run for Africa” with the City to Surf in August this year. To donate, or find out more visit http://www.caritas.org.au/

Written by Sarah Hicks and edited by Catherine Dunn