March 16. Speak out. Young Jerry was called after the prophet Jeremiah who had started his ministry of speaking out while he was young. But Jerry’s dad warned him that it isn’t easy in life to stand up for what you believe. As the prophet had grown old and tired he was often disillusioned with the people who wouldn’t listen. At times in dialogue with God he said he just wanted to sit down and die.
Cursed is the man who trusts in people. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt. I, the Lord search the mind and try the heart, to give to every man according to his ways. From Jeremiah17:5-10.
Pope Francis: The social character of mercy demands that we do not simply stand by and do nothing. It requires us to banish indifference and hypocrisy. May the Holy Spirit help us to contribute actively and selflessly to making justice and a dignified life. MM 19