On this day in 1789 William Wilberforce tabled in the House of Commons 12 resolutions against the slave trade.
Newspapers at the time regarded it as one of the most eloquent speeches ever made in the commons.
He lost the vote but continued to pursue the issue.
Fifteen years later, on February 23, 1807, a bill to abolish slavery was carried and became law on March 25 of that year.
we are grateful for the commitment of William Wilberforce and others to the abolition of slavery.
Their perseverance in the face of great resistance is an inspiration to us as we confront the issues of today.
May your Holy Spirit inspire and sustain those who are working for peace and justice.
May we experience your amazing grace at work in our own lives and in the world.
By Fr Pat O'Shea - Lower Hutt