“Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.” – Pope Francis
Indifference is one of the greatest sins against evangelization for modern people. Our culture breeds indifference to our neighbor. We become desensitized to the suffering of our neighbor as we become more and more isolated from our neighbor. If I do not know you as a person, if I can keep you as a faceless statistic, I can continue to keep you at a distance. During Lent we make a special effort to pray, fast, and give. Here are some ways we can use our Lenten practices as a way to encounter others and break down our indifference to our neighbor.
When someone asks for prayers, do not say “I will pray for you.” Stop what you are doing and pray with that person right then and there.
Give up something extra this Lent, not for yourself but for the intentions of someone else. Whenever you are suffering the loss of what you are fasting from, offer it up for that person.
On top of giving financially to the poor, on top of giving your time and talent in serving the poor give someone the gift of a listening ear. Ask someone who is poor or suffering to share their story with you.