Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#PopeFrancis's challenge to Filipinos to care for the #poor: Doable?

In his recent visit, the Pope asked us to be "ready to go beyond your homes and to care for your brothers and sisters who are most in need."

This is difficult for me. I have become numbed by the onslaught of the countless poor and dispossessed. I have stepped over so many children sleeping in the street, that I no longer feel anything. I sometimes wish that the poor would just go away and go back to the provinces.

The clamor and filth created by these colonies of squatters makes me want to run away to a gated community. The Filipino "Family First" value is understandable. However, that siege mentality has consequences.
Public spaces are neglected, covered with spit, trash, dog shit, and broken glass.

Why does loving your family mean turning your back on everyone and everything else?

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