We carry the saving cross through the roads of the world.
Through the alleys of poverty and misery.
Marching to a dawning day to freedom and victory,
To God’s life and endless glory.
We adore You, O Christ, and bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
Surely he has born our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah. 53:4-6)
Man has fallen, and he continues to fall: often he becomes a caricature of himself, no longer the image of God, but a mockery of the Creator. In Chad, many are suffering from a socio-economic crisis that is affecting the entire population especially the poor, the sick and those on the margins of society. The humility of Jesus is the surmounting of our pride; by his abasement he lifts us up. Let us allow him to lift us up and learn from him, the One who humbled himself, to discover our true greatness by bending low before God and before our downtrodden brothers and sisters.
Lord, we entrust the country of Chad to you and all those who have fallen victim to the consequences of disrespect for the common good. For the families who have accumulated debt in order to pay for food, for their children, the sick who no longer have the means to care for themselves, graduates who are unemployed and out of sheer despair burn their diplomas and young people whose academic future is affected by the deterioration in school education, we ask you Lord to help us find the strength not to lose heart and rise up again.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…
Adapted. Original text by Fr. Séraphin Adiringar Allataroum and The Catholic News Agency