V - Station Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the cross
The sufferings of Jesus continue still in the people of today, who are struggling for survival. The struggle for power has brought “warfare” between the two principals parties, leaving many dead and refugees in the central zone of the country. The Mozambican state is in debt as a result of corruption at the highest levels.
Now this debt is having to be repaid in the form of welfare cuts, rapid price rises in basic foodstuffs, making life still more difficult for those families already suffering precarious economic conditions. Daily life in our country is characterised by young people with very few prospects for the future, children without schooling, mothers abandoned and forced to work hard to feed their children.
The capacity of the people to endure suffering is almost limitless. Yet who can help, who can alleviate, who can find a solution for this situation? The Church in Mozambique, represented by its bishops, has on many occasions raised its voice to denounce the situations of injustice in the country.
Lord Jesus, you accepted the help of Simon of Cyrene on your Way of the Cross.
Please bless and strengthen all those who seek selflessly to help others
in their physical or spiritual suffering and all those who devote their lives,
their time and their energies in the service of their fellow men.
We ask this of you, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…
Sister Duvita Pahino