Week of 15 October 2018

When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

~ St Teresa of Calcutta ~

Hedonism and consumerism can prove our downfall, for when we are obsessed with our own pleasure, we end up being all too concerned about ourselves and our rights, and we feel a desperate need for free time to enjoy ourselves. We will find it hard to feel and show any real concern for those in need, unless we are able to cultivate a certain simplicity of life, resisting the feverish demands of a consumer society, which leave us impoverished and unsatisfied, anxious to have it all now.

Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate, 108

 

Lord, the desire

for personal comfort

and material

possession is strong.

Help me to

resist these

temptations. 

May I find

joy and fulfillment

in caring for

the marginalised of

our society?

Amen

 

Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by Matthew Charlesworth SJ