Week of 24 September 2018

Day after day, ordinary people become heroes through extraordinary and selfless actions.

~ Sylvia Mathews Burwell ~

If I encounter a person sleeping outdoors on a cold night, I can view him or her as an annoyance, an idler, an obstacle in my path, a troubling sight, a problem for politicians to sort out, or even a piece of refuse cluttering a public space. Or I can respond with faith and charity, and see in this person a human being with a dignity identical to my own, a creature infinitely loved by the Father.

Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate, 98

 

Lord,

Lord, grant me

the grace

to see your face

in everyone I meet.

Help me to accept

all people as my

brothers and sisters

and to treat them

with dignity

and respect.

Amen.

 

Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by Ursula Van Nierop