Pope Francis: Reject the Globalization of Indifference This Lent

In his message for Lent 2015, Pope Francis took aim at the globalization of indifference. Here are some highlights of his message:

“As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.”

“Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others.”

“For whoever is of Christ, belongs to one body, and in him we cannot be indifferent to one another.”

“Together with the saints who have found their fulfilment in God, we form part of that communion in which indifference is conquered by love.”

“Until this victory of love penetrates the whole world, the saints continue to accompany us on our pilgrim way.”

“If we humbly implore God’s grace and accept our own limitations, we will trust in the infinite possibilities which God’s love holds out to us.”

“During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours. In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.”