“God is first, Caritas is second!”

“God is first, Caritas is second!”
I heard these moving words today from Wafaa, a Syrian refugee in the Lebanese city of Tripoli. Caritas is the Latin word for ‘love’. Wafaa is supported by the Catholic Charity Caritas Lebanon, whose refugee project is funded by SCIAF (Caritas Scotland). Wafaa and her family fled the Syrian civil war but now faces total destitution as her son and breadwinner has recently become paralysed from the neck down. Speaking through her tears I thought that this Muslim lady’s insight – “God is first and Caritas is second” – was beautiful. She professed total trust in God but also gratitude for the loving care of a Catholic Charity. As we approach Lent I encourage you to remain generous to SCIAF. Your donations really do change people’s lives.
Bishop Brian is currently in Beirut with SCIAF.