Christus Vivit 76: Marginalization

Continuing on the theme of marginalization in Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation. You can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site.

Picking up on yesterdays post about tears and compassion. A reminder that crying for another is a grace:

76. Perhaps “those of us who have a reasonably comfortable life don’t know how to weep. Some realities in life are only seen with eyes cleansed by tears. I would like each of you to ask yourself this question: Can I weep? Can I weep when I see a child who is starving, on drugs or on the street, homeless, abandoned, mistreated or exploited as a slave by society? Or is my weeping only the self-centered whining of those who cry because they want something else?”[Address to Young People in Manila (18 January 2015): L’Osservatore Romano, 19-20 January 2015, 7]

What if we can’t do it? It’s a good thing to ask for:

Try to learn to weep for all those young people less fortunate than yourselves. Weeping is also an expression of mercy and compassion. If tears do not come, ask the Lord to give you the grace to weep for the sufferings of others. Once you can weep, then you will be able to help others from the heart.

Any thoughts?

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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