Mission and diakonia of charity are the two essential aspects of the presence of a Christian in society. The miracles of Jesus are undoubtedly the sign of the advent of the Kingdom of God, as he himself affirms, but we cannot imagine that he was insensitive to the suffering of people. All the miracles he performed, as well as his choices to bring sinners closer to God, the caring words he addressed to the least and the poorest, always refer to this God who gives all of himself to man. In Jesus, the saving mission and love for man are identified: his charity is the origin of salvation, only his salvation makes us understand the greatness of his love. This kind of church lives its prophetic mission through the proclamation of the Word, the celebration of the sacraments, through prayer and charity. This kind of church makes listening to the suffering one of its essential choices.
Since their origin, the Prayer Groups have been an active part of this church, at least in two respects: first of all they support those who work in charity with their prayers; and secondly they gave in the past – and are still giving today - an important economic support to the charitable initiatives of the Church, in general, and of Casa Sollievo in this case. So as to live and actualize the spirit of our Groups today, it is necessary for us to adopt a new sensitivity, capable not only of listening, but also of that personal involvement that was a characteristic of Padre Pio.
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Fr. Luciano Lotti, OFM Cap. General Secretary of of Padre Pio Prayer Group Center in San Giovanni Rotondo
In Solidarity with the people to announce the Kingdom of God