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Today's Prayer with the Pope

February 2018
Daily offering: 

Father, as a new day dawns, make us true to your teaching and keep us free from error and sin this day. Grant me the grace to walk in your light and see your light in all I meet. I offer this day for the intentions of Pope Francis for this month. Our Father...

This month's intention:
Universal: 

That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

Reflection

Speaking to young Kenyans in Nairobi, Pope Francis urged them not to develop a taste for the sweet sugar of corruption. Corruption may be defined  as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.  Societies where corruption is endemic are blighted by the consequences of deceit, evasion and distrust: corruption of all kinds is first detected by smell!

It is said that sunlight is the best disinfectant for corruption. Transparency can make corrupt behaviour seem less attractive because of the risk of being caught. Whistleblowers are another powerful protection, if they are fairly treated. A robust system to detect corruption will not only protect people from abuse: it may restore trust in society and combat the poison of cynicism.

Pope Francis reminds us that corruption can become an acquired taste. While some may fear it to be common in high places, corruption can be an equal opportunity temptation: wherever power over others is exercised - in church, state or workplace. A culture that won't tolerate petty corruption may be better protected against the bigger sort.

We  pray that those in power keep their eyes on the common good. Let us also bring before the Father in prayer all those who exercise authority with integrity, that they be sustained in their service.

- Dermot McCarthy, extracted from Living Prayer