New Year’s Mes­sage

Bray People - - THENOTEBOOK WICKLOW -

From Most Rev. Diar­muid Martin, Arch­bishop of Dublin and Glen­dalough

‘In the cur­rent moment of eco­nomic hard­ship it is im­por­tant to con­tin­u­ally look for the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic mea­sures which are most likely to fos­ter so­cial in­clu­sion and to iden­tify and ex­pose clearly those fac­tors which leave men and women in­creas­ingly in a sit­u­a­tion of pre­car­i­ous­ness or ex­clu­sion.

‘But it is not a ques­tion of sim­ply point­ing to what Government should and can do. We have to re­dis­cover a sense of Chris­tian neigh­bourli­ness of the ev­ery day. We have to re­build stronger re­la­tion­ships with neigh­bours, par­tic­u­larly the el­derly and most vul­ner­a­ble, in an ef­fort to re­store true com­mu­nity spirit. We have to break down some of the bar­ri­ers of per­sonal pri­vacy which we rightly trea­sure, to al­low all of us to re­alise the fun­da­men­tal need of sol­i­dar­ity, sup­port and of good neigh­bourli­ness.

‘Hu­mil­ity is the key to ev­ery­day Chris­tian sol­i­dar­ity. Hu­mil­ity is a dif­fer­ent road to that of the haugh­ti­ness of the cor­rupt which has led to so much hard­ship in our coun­try. Hu­mil­ity is a dif­fer­ent road to that of the ar­ro­gance which has given rise to a hor­ri­ble cy­cle of crim­i­nal vi­o­lence which tar­nishes our cities. Hu­mil­ity is a dif­fer­ent road to that of the in­dif­fer­ence and lack of car­ing which leads to hope­less­ness.’

Arch­bishop Diar­muid Martin

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