Sunday March 2nd. 2014 Charity registration No. SC 002876
Pope Francis’ message for Lent
In his first message for the Lenten season, Pope Francis focuses on the poverty of Christ in becoming man, emphasizing that it is our duty to give the same humble witness in our care for the poor. Reflecting on the difference between poverty and ‘destitution', the Pope observes that there are three types of destitution: material, moral and spiritual'.
Material destitution is what is normally called poverty', he notes, and it affects those living in conditions opposed to human dignity: those who lack basic rights and needs such as food, water, hygiene, work. What the Church does as a response is meeting these needs and binding these wounds which disfigure the face of humanity', because 'in the poor and outcast we see Christ's face', explains the pontiff.
Turning his focus to moral destitution, the Pope highlights that it consists in slavery to vice and sin', and that many families suffer because 'one of their members -
This type of destitution, which also causes financial ruin, is invariably linked to the spiritual destitution which we experience when we turn away from God and reject his love', he says, because when we believe we can make do on our own, we are headed for a fall'. An antidote for this spiritual destitution can be found in the Gospel, the Pope reflects, emphasizing that wherever we go, we are called as Christians to proclaim the liberating news that forgiveness for sins committed is possible'.
Pope Francis suggestion for our own resolution for Lent
He wishes to encourage the faithful to imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty', Pope Francis explains that Lent is a fitting time for self denial', and that we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty'.
Reader: Alison MacIntosh
Prayers: Faith MacIntosh
Euch Mins: Moira Coutts, Liz MacFarlane
Readers: Catrina MacDonald, Helena Rose
Prayers: Lorna MacGregor
Euch Mins: Margaret Watt, Margaret Sargent, Richard Sidgwick
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