AMERICA/BRAZIL - National Day of Charity, "in harmony with the heart of God"

Saturday, 18 July 2020 caritas   coronavirus   episcopal conferences  

Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) – Day of Charity is celebrated in Brazil on Sunday 19 July. "Charity, together with Bread, the Word and missionary Action, is one of the four pillars that constitute the life of the ecclesial missionary communities and the idea of the Church in Houses", is written in the note sent to Fides, which recalls the Guidelines for the Evangelizing Action of the Church in Brazil from 2019 to 2023, approved by the Brazilian Episcopate.
Speaking during a virtual meeting to the group of Executive Secretaries of the 18 regions in which the Bishops' Conference of Brazil (CNBB) is divided, the Auxiliary Bishop of Rio de Janeiro and Secretary General of the CNBB, Mgr. Joel Portella Amado, said that in the Church in Brazil it is necessary to strengthen charity, which has intensified in recent months in the face of the consequences of Covid-19. "I have the impression that charity has not been discouraged, on the contrary. This is beautiful. It is necessary to articulate charity to make it intelligent. Our mission is to help in the articulation, there is much to do, there is still much to articulate", underlined the Bishop.
The Archbishop of Belo Horizointe and President of the CNBB, Mgr. Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo, in his message for the Day of Charity stresses: "Charity cannot be an ephemeral practice, which seeks only to promote peace of conscience for those who they are willing to help. It must guide all dimensions of life and society, become a pillar on which everyone directs his conduct, becoming a servant of his neighbor, who is a brother. Those who dedicate themselves to charity are in harmony with the heart of God. They discover that serving is a remedy, because it allows us to see, with wealth, the true meaning of life, to help transform the reality of others. If solidarity were lived as a principle that guides society, the world would be different, more just, supportive and fraternal".
The Archbishop concludes by stressing that "the experience of the Day of Charity is a rich opportunity, because it calls all people, especially Christians, to recognize that serving has a transforming power". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 18/7/2020)