Margarita (Agenzia Fides) - The organization of humanitarian aid offers "an opportunity for service and closeness" to exercise "the love we all have inside, that is, Christian charity, offering proximity and companionship to our neighbors, friends or simple acquaintances", "it is a golden opportunity to organize a pastoral service worthy to the neediest brothers and especially towards the sick". This is what Mgr. Fernando Castro Aguayo, Bishop of Margarita, writes in a contribution entitled "Golden Opportunity", sent to Agenzia Fides and published on 1 March in the Venezuelan newspaper "El Universal".
In a dramatic moment for the Country, notes the text, the opportunity to concretely live Christian love can be born. "Every day - the Bishop writes - we meet people who have health problems due to the lack of the necessary medicines in the fight against the serious diseases they suffer".
"We observe so much hunger and malnutrition", he adds. "There are children with an evident lack of hygiene due to the scarcity of water. Scabies, which is widespread among children, is a visible sign of this", he notes. Mgr. Castro expresses the great sorrow of meeting people who feed themselves from waste. The Bishop of Margarita launches a strong appeal to consciences in which he highlights "respectful and supportive help which, together with timely medical care, can restore dignity to many people who are alone, helpless and hopeless because they do not they feel cared for or accompanied". In daily life everyone can give "affection, closeness and companionship", but "organized help is also needed", he observes. "Humanitarian aid - the prelate concludes - is an occasion to awaken the sense of compassion. We must all be present to make this golden opportunity that comes to meet us shine and allow us to express that feeling of love that we all have inside, which is Christian charity". (SM) (Agenzia Fides, 2/3/2019)