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During February we pray, “That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.”
Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has challenged us to seek opportunities to be near to those who suffer, especially those on the “fringes” of society. Last year while visiting the Mòria Refugee Camp in Lesvos, Pope Francis expressed his desire that all Christians reach out in love to those who are afflicted.
“This is the message I want to leave with you today: do not lose hope! The greatest gift we can offer one another is love: a merciful look, a readiness to listen and understand, a word of encouragement, a prayer. May you share this gift with one another. We Christians love to tell the story of the Good Samaritan, a foreigner who saw a man in need and immediately stopped to help. For us, it is a story about God’s mercy which is meant for everyone, for God is the All-Merciful. It is also a summons to show that same mercy to those in need.”
In an age where money and status dominate, it is these people who suffer the most and deserve our open arms. Especially here in the United States, a country built by poor immigrants escaping persecution, we are called to share that same compassion we received to those who come to our country now, seeking shelter from the many storms raging in our world.
Let us pray this month for the afflicted, especially those on the “fringes” of society.
Writer and Content Manager | The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)