May 16. Pauline shared at the PPC meeting. ”I never realised how countercultural our Catholic faith really is until I experienced materialism in its crudest form. During the hearings of the Zondo Commission it seemed that envying others, wanting more, short-changing and taking from others especially from the poor, workers and the defenseless is the order of the day. Politicians, business and civil society are all there with the worst of them. But then along came the coronavirus and a very different human side emerged with amazing generosity from almost all quarters. Long may it last in our families and society.”
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. John 15:18-21.
Pope Francis: By touching the flesh of the crucified Jesus in the suffering, sinners can receive the gift of realizing that they too are poor and in need. By taking this path, the “proud”, the “powerful” and the “wealthy” spoken of in Mary’s Magnificat prayer can also be embraced and undeservedly loved by the crucified Lord who died and rose for them too. We all can learn that this love alone is the answer to the yearning for infinite happiness and love that we thought we could satisfy with the idols of knowledge, power and riches. Lenten Message 2016. Offer a prayer to Our Lady.