Offering up our sufferings for our brothers and sisters

On the feast of St. Francis, Pope Francis issued a new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, calling for the building up of the one human family. “We were created for a fulfilment that can only be found in love,” the pope wrote. “We cannot be indifferent to suffering; we cannot allow anyone to go through life as an outcast.”

How long, Lord? How long?

How long, Lord? Will you utterly forget me?
How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13:2)
It’s been days, weeks and months living in sorrow
under the constant shadow of a pandemic
that makes us sick, that isolates us, that scares us, that takes our lives.
Captive at home during this confinement,
away from my beloved ones,
watching my dearest ones falling sick.

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