THE Bishop of Limerick has called on people to reach out to those whose lives are being ‘devastated by addiction’ in his Lenten message.
Dr Brendan Leahy urged people to make a sacrifice this Lent to support those gripped by addiction.
“Far too many people’s lives in Limerick, like every other part of this country, are today devastated by slavery to the likes of alcohol, drugs, gambling and pornography,” he said.
“While we must have compassion for people involved and recognise that much can stem from difficult personal circumstances and disadvantage, it is important nevertheless to name these issues and tackle them,” he added.
The Bishop continued: “These addictions not alone ruin the lives of the individuals themselves but are also causing untold pain amongst families and friends who, in many cases, are helpless in these situations.
“Lent is an opportunity for the people in thrall to addictions to try to break them and it is also an opportunity for those close to them to make a sacrifice in solidarity with them,” he added.
The Limerick members of the Pioneer Association have also urged people to take a pledge for the Lenten season “to reflect on the negative role that alcohol often plays in our society”.