Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Some Thoughts on Lent from Pope Francis

 
Antoine Saint Exupery says
"To convert is
to welcome in "
 
Pope Francis  - Lent- 2014
"For though He was rich,
yet for our sake He became poor,,
so that by His poverty you might become rich." St. Paul
 
What does this invitation to poverty, a life of evangelical poverty, mean for us today?
 
First, Jesus does not reveal Himself cloaked in worldly power and wealth but rather in weakness and poverty.
 
By making Himself poor, Jesus dis not seek poverty for its own sake but that by His poverty you might become rich.
These are no mere play on words or a catch phrase.
It sums up God's logic, a logic of love.
We are set free, not by Christ's riches but by His poverty.
There is only one real kind of poverty:
not living as children of God
and brothers and sisters of Christ.
 
Christians are called to confront the poverty
of our brothers and sister,
 to touch it , to make it our own
 and to take practical steps to alleviate it.
Our consciences
thus need to be converted to justice,
equality, simplicity and sharing.
 
We would do well to ask ourselves
what we can give up
in order to help and enrich others
by our own poverty.
Pope Francis
 
The pope then laid his hands on the man's head and began to pray.

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