CBCB highlights importance of charity

Titled ‘Fruit of Faith is Loving Service’, the pastoral letter said sacrifice helps one to become frugal and kind.

Bangladesh
Mar 20 2014, 4:07 PM
CBCB highlights importance of charity
The Catholics in Bangladesh attending a Holy Mass.

The faithful can purify themselves to become saints through sacrifice, prayer and mercy during Lent, a pastoral letter by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh has said.

Titled ‘Fruit of Faith is Loving Service’, the pastoral letter said sacrifice helps one to become frugal and kind. “Prayers help us to avoid all bad thinking, envy and pride. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as a sign of his great kindness, and all of us must try to be kind in our path, the CBCB message said.

“During Lent, we must pray personally and as a community and carry out acts of mercy. We must also encourage children and youth to do same through special programs geared towards the poor. We can make a peaceful society by removing conflict and resentments, say the bishops and urge the faithful to strengthen their lives, through faith, hope and love."

After Mass on Ash Wednesday, churches in Bangladesh had distributed terracotta piggy banks to the faithful urging Catholics to "save during the 40 days that separate us from Easter" and "use the money raised for charitable and social activities". Catholics in Bangladesh over the past five yearshas been following the custom.

Source: Vatican Radio website

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