February 20, 2015
Pope Francis has said “Whoever says: ‘I abide in Christ’, ought to walk just as he walked…. For Jesus, what matters above all is reaching out to save those far off, healing the wounds of the sick, restor- ing everyone to God’s family, … without being “hemmed in” by prejudice, conformity to the prevailing mindset or worry….” To fully adopt God’s own approach, he said, requires “rolling up our sleeves and not standing by and watching passively the suffering of the world. The way of the Church is not to con- demn anyone for eternity…. Compassion leads Jesus to concrete action,” the Holy Father said. “May we always have before us the image of Saint Francis, who was unafraid to embrace the leper and to accept every kind of outcast.”
Catholic Social Teaching Principle – Preferential Option for the Poor:
Those who are marginalized and whose rights are denied have privileged claims if society is to provide justice for all. And – Rights & Responsibilities: Every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency – starting with food, shelter and clothing, employment, health care, and education. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities — to one anoth- er, to our families, and to the larger society.
ACTION: Reflect on How Compassion Leads You to Charitable Action?
Pope Francis says “Charity cannot be neutral, antiseptic, indifferent, lukewarm or impartial! Charity is infectious, it excites, it risks and it engages! For true charity is always unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous!” During this Lent, try taking Fasting, Almsgiving & Prayer to a new level of ACTION. Reach out to those on the margins, whom you do not ordinarily see, & figure out a way to Act with Compassion to show God’s love to them, without letting the voice of society & what other people might think of you, get in the way. And be amazed at how God will bless you!