Archbishop of Kraków, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, presided over the Holy Mass celebrated on the occasion of the 5th Day of the Poor in the Archdiocese of Kraków. – Many people are waiting for a kind word and our presence, that we are with them and can count on us, especially in this difficult time of an ongoing pandemic – he said. In the difficult autumn and winter times, Caritas Polska called for sensitivity to the fate of the homeless.
5. World Day of the Poor is held under the slogan “You always have the poor with you”. Pope Francis, in his message prepared for that day, called not to wait for the poor to knock on our door.
“There is an urgent need for us to reach them in their own homes, in hospitals and nursing homes, in the streets and in dark alleys where they sometimes hide, in shelters and reception centers,” the Pope wrote. He also pointed out that due to the pandemic, the number of the poor has increased enormously, and in some countries the weakest are deprived of basic livelihoods.
“Many people are waiting for a kind word and our presence”
Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, during a mass in Krakow, recalled the message of Pope Francis and the words from the Gospel of Saint Mark: “You always have the poor with you” and pointed out that Jesus himself was “the first of the poor”.
– It is important, as the Holy Father Francis writes, that when we meet people who are more needy than us, let ourselves be led by them, let ourselves be evangelized by them, learn humility, learn to be ready to help and to show mercy – he spoke. He explained that it was not about a one-off gesture, but about alms. – The point is to understand in the more needy sisters and brothers: this is a man – he emphasized.
Archbishop Jędraszewski recalled that during his visit to Poland in 2002 John Paul II called upon the imagination of mercy. He described that the help should concern not only material needs, but also spiritual ones. – Many people are waiting for a good word and our presence, that we are with them and can count on us, especially in this difficult time of an ongoing pandemic – said the Metropolitan of Krakow. – We need a heart that can love not with words but with deeds – he sensitized.
New forms of poverty
The parish priest of St. Mary’s parish, prelate Dr. Dariusz Raś, said that in his message, Pope Francis draws attention to new forms of poverty: migration, lack of work, and the suffering of loneliness. – We should remember that each of us can help in these problems, both through personal involvement, as many of us do, and by pointing out professional forms of help. This is the purpose of the World Day of the Poor: to indicate that people in different situations are not alone, that we are together – emphasized Father Raś.
Parcels for those in need in Krakow
After Saturday mass in St. Mary’s Square, packages with thermos flasks were distributed to those in need, which could be immediately filled with warm soup prepared by the Albertine Sisters. There were also sets of warm hats, scarves and gloves, and there were socks collected by students from Krakow schools. Those in need could benefit from the advice of specialist doctors, vaccinate against COVID-19, seek professional, social and legal advice, as well as take part in theater, crafts and art workshops.
Specialist medical care will be available on Sundays from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 to 17.00 at Smoleńsk 4 and Sienna 5 streets. Food, sandwiches and packets of coffee will also be distributed after Sunday mass at 13.00. celebration at the Albertine Sisters at the Sanctuary of Saint Brother Albert at Woronicza Street.
Pilgrimage to Jasna Góra Monastery. Caritas Polska: let us be sensitive to the fate of the homeless
On this day, on the occasion of the Day of the Poor, homeless people made a pilgrimage to Jasna Góra in Częstochowa on Saturday. People prayed for people without shelter and in a life crisis. People with speech disfluency also made pilgrimages to Jasna Góra, which often becomes a barrier to education and work, as well as the reason for giving up on life dreams and plans.
Caring for the homeless also pay attention to locking them in stereotypes, which become a kind of prison for them. If you hear that you are “a lump, a bum”, then after a while you start to believe it and you start to lack strength to show that the truth is different, that everyone has their own dignity.
In the difficult autumn and winter times, Caritas Polska calls for sensitivity to the fate of the homeless and for saving human lives.
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