Also, another true Shepherd, Pope Benedict, will visit the earthquake ravaged Abruzzo region of Italy on April 28th. The Pope's presence will bring healing and hope. Being present to people in pain and anguish is so important. There are signs of hope, amidst the devastation. The Times of London reported that "a long lost 11th century fresco depicting the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus" was uncovered in the ruins. The mayor of Rocca de Cambio told the Times, "the appearance of the Madonna and Child is a sign of hope."
The Corporal Works of Mercy
Feed the Hungry--Give drink to the thirsty--Clothe the naked--Visit the imprisoned--Shelter the homeless--Visit the sick--Bury the dead
And from the Prophet Isaiah words of mercy (58:7)
Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them and not turning your back on your own.