Monday, 23 March 2020

Read Me or Rue It

"In my long life," writes a priest, "I have noticed with amazement how few Catholics give generously to the poor and needy, notwithstanding what our Blessed Lord commands them to do.

I have also remarked that some Catholics are indeed very generous and good. Some care for the poor, others look after the sick. Lepers, consumptives, cancer patients, the mentally deficient, all have their friends. Some prefer to help the young, the hearts of others go out to the old. All the various classes of the poor and needy find champions though, as I have said, these are not nearly as many and generous as they should be.

The strangest thing of all is that I have never met one man or woman who has dedicated himself or herself entirely, whole-heartedly to the greatest of all charities, to the greatest of all the needy - viz the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

There may be a few who do so but in my long and very varied experience I have never met any."

Alas! The words of this good priest are only too true.

We appeal to those who have not yet dedicated themselves to any particular form of charity to dedicate all their energies to the Holy Souls. Let them do what they can personally and also induce others to help.

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