Welcoming of refugees, loving care for those who are dying, standing up for rehabilitation of young people in detention, focusing on our common humanity and not differences in religion or nationality: not the sort of headlines that we see around the world these days.
But that is what Christians are called to do. Catholic social services work to build a society where these values are the norm. As Pope Francis expressed at the 2016 World Youth Day, this is the call:
"Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease.
Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage,
a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes
and to set out on new and uncharted paths.
To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable of spreading joy,
born of God’s love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy.
To take the path of the “craziness” of our God,
who teaches us to encounter him in the hungry, the thirsty, the naked,
the sick, the friend in trouble, the prisoner, the refugee and the migrant,
and our neighbours who feel abandoned.
To take the path of our God, who encourages us to be politicians, thinkers, social activists.”
Photograph courtesy Fiona Basile.