Sunday March 2nd. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

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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

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.

Moral Destitution

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 - often a young person - is in thrall to alcohol, drugs, gambling or pornography!'. Lamenting that many no longer see meaning in life or prospects for the future' and have 'lost hope', the pontiff stated that such cases of moral destitution can be considered impending suicide'.

Spiritual Destitution

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'.

Spean Bridge:

Reader: Alison MacIntosh

Prayers: Faith MacIntosh

Euch Mins: Moira Coutts, Liz MacFarlane

Roy Bridge:

Readers:  Catrina MacDonald,  Helena Rose

Prayers: Lorna MacGregor

Euch Mins: Margaret Watt, Margaret Sargent, Richard Sidgwick

Rota March 7th - March 8th.

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