about the poor Bill
July 27, 2012
What Do You Say (Do) About Poverty?
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after time I read articles that suggest that an overwhelming percentage (90%) of
Christians say they are concerned about global poverty. Up to 80% say they feel
a special responsibility to help solve this issue.
imagine if you will: what would happen if the millions of Christians all lived
out the fundamental teachings of their faith seriously. We Catholics have The
Preferential Option for the Poor and Catholic Social Teaching as the guide to
engage ourselves in a relationship with the global poor.
study, I read about, suggested that 45% of respondents believed that their
church should do more to help the poor. But, are we not the Church? The Church
for me is not the buildings, or Papal State, but each and every one of us. It is
simply so easy to pass the buck onwards to the Church hierarchy, the Vatican or
such, because of the perception that the church is rich, when as individuals,
that make up this community of church, the issue falls directly at our
often I think we as a community just talk
of God and our faith. Instead of just listening
to the Gospel, letís start living
the Gospel. Instead of just saying, letís
do. Actions speak louder than words.
Do you feel a special responsibility to our poor? Are you a Catholic in action
for the poor? As Mahatma Gandhi once said: Be
the change that you want to see in our world. Remember: It is by the grace
of God that we have been allowed to be so abundantly lucky.