Jan 01
Often, when I am with a Christian person who comes to speak about spiritual things, I ask if they give alms. “Yes”, the person says to me. “So, tell me, do you touch the hand of the person you give the money to”? “No, no, I throw it there”. “And do you look into the eyes of that person”? “No, it doesn’t cross my mind”. If you give alms without touching the reality, without looking into the eyes of the person in need, those alms are for you, not for that person. Think about this. Do I touch poverty, even the poverty that I am helping? Do I look into the eyes of the people who suffer, of the people that I help? I leave you with this thought — to see and to have compassion. (Angelus, 10 July 2022)