- 1 month ago
Does it make a difference to get to know the poor you’re serving?
“Well, if he was out here tonight, he must be having a pretty rough go of it. How many people do you think walk past him everyday without even making eye contact or asking his name?” Brother Giuseppe said. “Maybe it’s better look someone in the eye and learn their name than it is to hand over a five-dollar bill and turn away.”
Pope Francis’ faith and commitment to social justice and equality are drawing attention from more than just Catholics. He’s ecumenically appealing, too.
This is a sidebar that accompanies “Everybody loves Francis: What the pope’s appeal means for the church" which appeared in the May 2014 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 79, No. 5, pages 12-17).
"The homes of people in poverty might not look the way they once did—or, as we reported on last year, they might not even be in the same neighborhoods that we traditionally associate with poverty—but the stresses are still the same."
- 4 months ago
We knew we were asking many to risk their freedom—for some maybe even their lives—but we made the decision to move forward as people of faith.
We fight an unjust and oppressive immigration system that destroys families and communities. Our fear, while real, is nothing compared to the fear that we have in our day-to-day lives that something as simple as a broken headlight can mean never seeing our families again."
- 10 months ago
"Free market fans often suggest, in a blame-the-victim rationale that neatly reduces the social obligation to give a damn, that poor people just make bad choices. But is it the bad decisions which contribute to their poverty, or is it poverty itself which drives people to make bad—sometimes even destructive—choices?"
- 1 year ago
"The fact remains that a young teenager guilty of no crime was shot dead by a man with a gun, a man who will not face any legal consequences for his actions. While it’s impossible and unwise to boil this case down to race, or law, or prejudice, we should be able to universally agree that any young life lost is always tragic—a reality that far too many in the country face, particularly at the hand of gun violence."
We pray for the millions of families who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence and who have to rebuild their lives because of it. God, give them courage and strength.
- 1 year ago