In his Lenten message, Pope Francis reflects on Christ’s choice ‘to be poor’ and calls on Christians to follow in Christ’s steps and reach out to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
“In imitation of our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it,” he writes.
“In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are so often the cause of destitution. When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing.”
Read Pope Francis’ full Lenten Message.