It is often said that the opposite of love is not really hate, but indifference towards others. Indifference is defined as a ‘lack of concern, or sympathy’ towards other people and is considered as a sin of omission.
In his Lenten message to the Catholic faithful, Pope Francis reminded us to “(During Lent, let us) find concrete ways to overcome our indifference.” He said that “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians.” Pope Francis said that “There’s the risk of passively accepting certain behaviors and to not be astonished by the sad situations around us,” he said. “We get used to violence, as if it were everyday news taken for granted; we get used to our brothers and sisters who sleep on the streets, who don’t have a roof over their heads. We get used to refugees seeking freedom and dignity who aren’t welcomed as they should be.”
He emphasized the need for all Catholics to reach out to those in the peripheries, and to not become self-centered. We can overcome indifference, he added, by using Lent as an opportunity to form our hearts.