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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Do you want to change a man’s miserable life? Start it with compassion, not condemnation - Daily Bible Reflections April 29,2015

A POPE’S GESTURE
 
“And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.” – John 12:47
 
       A video clip of Pope Francis went viral and stunned many people. He was amidst a crowd in St. Peter’s Square when he took the hands of Vinicio Riva, a man with a rare disease causing neuronal tumors and deformities. The Pope kissed him, embraced him and gave him a blessing. As I watched the video clip, I was touched that this humble religious leader made a gesture that showed warmth, compassion and affection towards the marginalized of society. Articles said that after the Pontiff’s embrace, it boosted Vinicio’s self-esteem, making him happier and stronger despite his terrifying physical appearance. It also amazingly changed his life because he became more sociable to others and closer to God by frequenting Holy Mass at the Vatican City. I believe that it’s neither force nor condemnation that will change our sinful world, but simple acts of compassion — a sincere kiss, a warm hug, or even a simple word of affirmation, like saying, “You look great!” This can melt a man’s heart of stone and transform it to a Christ-like attitude that can be a key to his eternal salvation. Dho Rimando (dougsterrimando@yahoo. com.ph)
 
Reflection: Do you want to change a man’s miserable life? Start it with compassion, not condemnation.
 
Lord, may I be Your channel of compassion to those who are in need. When people see me, may they know You because I carry Your love to them.
 
St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church, pray for us.
 

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