.- In his Lenten message, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, said amidst the atmosphere of âsadnessâ on display in the streets of Argentina with so many going hungry and in poverty, the Lenten fast is a way of expressing âsolidarity with those who fast involuntarilyâ and helps people overcome indifference.
In a press release about the message, the cardinal said the reality of âmen and women begging or going through trash, the elderly sleeping on street corners, kids sleeping on top of subway vents to stay warmâ no longer âshocks us.â
âWe show no interest in their lives, their stories, their needs or their future. How many times did their pleading looks made us look the other way and walk by. When we get used to something we also become indifferent,â he warned.
Cardinal Berglogio called on the faithful to observe the Lenten fast as âGod desires,â that is, âgiving bread to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, clothing to the naked, and not turning our backs on our neighbor.â
âToday we need to fast by working so that others donât have to fast. Today we can only practice fasting by taking of the pain and powerlessness of the millions who go hungry. Whoever does not fast for the poor cheats God. To fast is to love,â he said.