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A Prayer to Overcome Indifference

May God help us better listen to and understand one another.

In today’s generation wherein people are mostly connected 24/7, it can be quite surprising how everyone has been empowered to use their voice, but not all have embraced their capacity to listen.

Many say that a culture of indifference is inevitable—it has been in existence since time immemorial. After all, it is part of human nature to look after one’s self before that of others. (Read: Here’s Why Lolo Kiko Wants You to Help the Poor Amid the Pandemic)

However, in these times when many people suffer amid natural or man-made disasters, a culture of empathy and compassion can go a long way. As Pope Francis said, “There is so much indifference in the face of suffering…” People choose to turn away from problems because they seem to be too big or too much for them to handle.

But, contrary to what most of us believe, Pope Francis says that it is exactly in these times that “our style of life should instead be devout, filled with empathy, compassion, and mercy.”

Pope Francis blesses a sick child in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Dec. 15, 2016, during a meeting with patients and workers of Rome’s Bambino Gesu children’s hospital. World Day of the Sick is marked Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. (Photo from CNS / Max Rossi, Reuters / Catholic Philly)

In these trying times, may each one of us find it in our hearts to empathize and listen to those who are suffering. Heed the Pope’s call and reach out to God in prayer so that we may overcome the culture of indifference that hinders us from understanding one another.

A Prayer to Overcome Indifference

All too often, Lord, we turn away from the world’s many problems
which seem too big, too complex, or too far away.
Forgive us for our indifference.

It is easier, Lord, to see only what is around us:
our lives, our homes, our challenges.
Forgive us for our isolation.

Help us to see with your eyes:
eyes which notice one another
and help us understand.

Help us to dream your dream:
of communities that reach out and dialogue
and where diverse people creatively cooperate.

Help us to be people of solidarity and action,
so moved by prayer, encounter, and understanding
that peace can become a reality.


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