March 11, 2008
Pope's Lent Message focuses on Almsgiving and aiding those in need
Arguably this could be good for a poverty course (particularly at a Catholic school) and I thought it interesting (though I am not Catholic) ... The Pope's 2008 Message for Lent focuses on "the practice of almsgiving, which represents a specific way to assist those in need." Pope Benedict writes:
"In the Gospel, Jesus explicitly admonishes the one who possesses and uses earthly riches only for self. In the face of the multitudes, who, lacking everything, suffer hunger, the words of Saint John acquire the tone of a ringing rebuke: “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help?” (1 Jn 3,17). In those countries whose population is majority Christian, the call to share is even more urgent, since their responsibility toward the many who suffer poverty and abandonment is even greater. To come to their aid is a duty of justice even prior to being an act of charity."
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