21 March 2020

In an interview with Pope Francis this week, he said: ""We need to rediscover the concreteness of small things, the small acts of kindness shown to those who are close to us, family, friends. We need to realize that our treasure lies in small things. There are tiny gestures that sometimes get lost in the routine of everyday life, gestures of tenderness, affection, compassion, that are nevertheless decisive, important”, he says. The Pope gives the examples of sharing “a hot plate of food, a caress, a hug, a phone call... These are familiar, attentive gestures regarding everyday details that make life meaningful, and create communion and communication amongst us".
 
Pope Francis expresses his appreciation for healthcare personnel and volunteers. He thanks those who dedicate themselves to helping others in this way, and describes them as “an example” of the concreteness of small acts of kindness. 
 
Finally, Pope Francis invites everyone to hope — even those who do not believe. "We are all children of God, and He watches over us”, says the Pope. “Even those who have not yet met God, those who do not have the gift of faith, can find their way through the good things that they believe in. They can find strength in their love for their children, their family, their brothers and sisters. Someone might say: ‘I cannot pray because I do not believe’. But at the same time”, concludes Pope Francis, “we can believe in the love of the people we have around us, and there we can find hope".
 
Pope Francis holding the statue of Saint Jude - a gift from us
The image above shows Pope Francis holding the statue of Saint Jude that we gave him, January 2016
Let us pray..
 
Dear Lord, in your ministry, you healed and cared for everyone regardless of age, sex, creed or position in society. 
 
Be with all the people who need you because of Covid-19. Protect those who will feel isolated whilst they are in quarantine or whilst receiving treatment.
 
Help all those who look after the sick and give them strength for this selfless service, enabling them to give hope to those they are called to serve.
 
Help people to work together rather than individually: just as Jesus did with his Apostles. 
 
Saint Jude, saint of hope, prayer for us.