do922 amoris laetitiaEarly in his new letter on Love in the Family Pope Francis speaks of the importance of how we engage with those  in need and in difficulty.

I would  like to mention the situation of families living in dire poverty and great limitations. The problems faced by poor households are often all the more trying.36 For example, if a single mother has to raise a child by herself and needs to leave the child alone at home while she goes to work, the child can grow up exposed to all kind of risks and obstacles to personal growth. In such difficult situations of need, the Church must be particularly concerned to offer understanding, comfort and acceptance, rather than imposing straightaway a set of rules that only lead people to feel judged and abandoned by the very Mother called to show them God’s mercy. Rather than offering the healing power of grace and the light of the Gospel message, some would “indoctrinate” that message, turning it into “dead stones to be hurled at others”.  Amoris Laetitia, 49

Ours is the privilege of trying to let the compassion of God speak through us. Of sharing life, and helping people to receive it.

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