Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
In his Lenten Message, Pope Francis invites "the whole Church to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father, who is ready to embrace everyone in Christ. We can do this to the extent that we imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty. Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.”
Read also a reflection about education being a pathway out of poverty.
Find this in the February issue of Matthew 25 online or grab the February 16 Sunday bulletin.