People have Dignity.
Protect the Poor.
Protect Human Rights.
Contribute to the Common Good.
Government has a Role.
You can’t seem to turn on the news these days without hearing more statistics and reflection on the topic of global inequality. I was reminded of this fact yesterday. I began my morning reading about a local interfaith prayer service that renewed the commitment to the call for justice in the war on poverty http://thericatholic.com/news/detail.html?sub_id=6332, and ended it hearing Brian Williams remind us that the gap is between the 1% and the 99% is growing ever more wide, http://www.nbcnews.com/business/worlds-85-richest-have-same-wealth-3-5-billion-poorest-2D11958883.
Take a few minutes to read through the articles on these news stories. When you do, they will connect you to even more related writings on the topic online, including one that highlights our Pope in which you can read the following:
He attacked the "widening gap between those who have more and those who must be content with the crumbs", calling on governments to implement "effective policies" to guarantee people's fundamental rights, including access to capital, services, educational resources, healthcare and technology. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101267860.
Pope Francis is a wonderful model for us to look to during this time. He not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. Personally, he lives a frugal life, choosing humble surroundings and the company of the poor and downtrodden. What can we learn from the life our Holy Father? Like Pope Francis, we have a role in this war on poverty. The lifestyles that we choose and the decisions that we make all have an impact. The bottom line of this issue was the main point of our lessons from the last two months: we are called to share all that we have been blessed with in order that everyone can received what they are entitled to as a member of the family of God.
It’s those small, individual ripples, that combine to make big waves of change. So go ahead, and toss your little pebble into the pond. It’s time consider, what will you do today to make a difference?
Hope it’s a good one!
of our world and the follow up activities and presentations, allowed us to see how we can make a difference in our communities, local as well as global.
One of the volunteers at our Tuesday night program this week reminded me of some ways that we, as a parish, regularly help some of our neighbors in need. We have three ongoing collections of items that make a significant impact in our local community. I’d like to remind you of what they are, and invite you to consider taking part in them when you are able.
* Non-perishable food items are collected the first weekend of every month. Contributions of canned goods, cereal, peanut butter, and other packaged items are ideal contributions. This effort supports the West Bay Marketplace. http://www.westbaycap.org/marketplace.asp This organization allows households to receive donated nutritious emergency food, nutritional information about healthy meal preparation, and are connected to other food security services, such as WIC, SNAP, USDA Commodities.
* Paper towels, toilet tissue, non-latex disposable gloves, facial tissue, bathroom cleaners and hand sanitizer are collected the third weekend of every month. These contributions are brought to the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center http://www.ebccenter.org/ which is a short-term safe, confidential shelter for women and children in danger. Residents are provided with all basic needs (meals, linens, toiletries) and take part in a program that includes education about domestic violence, parenting, and financial literacy; specialized children's services; advocacy and referrals. Transitional services are available after the initial crisis.
* Every weekend, parishioners donate baked good for the McAuley House http://www.mcauleyri.org/ which is an independent non-profit organization sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy that provides the basic needs of food clothing, shelter, health services, emotional support and guidance to the most vulnerable in our community. If you would like to help with this effort, please contact Gen Dyer at 739-1398 to sign up for a baking week.
All donations can be left on the table at the bottom of the parish center stairwell. On the designated days, we have volunteers that collect and deliver these items to the specified agencies.
It’s as easy as grabbing a container of peanut butter out of your pantry on your way to weekend Mass. This small effort can create another ripple in the pond to affect change in our local community and into the larger world.
Remember, we are called to share our material blessings so that everyone can have what they are entitled to as a part of the family of God.
Thank you for sharing these last two special Gatherings with us. They were tremendous. I look forward to working with you to complete our year of exploring Jesus’ Justice and what it takes to be in Right Relationship with God and our community.
Keep in mind that each family will be asked to share how they did something special that made a difference to a person or a group in need. If you need help finding an opportunity, let us know!
Have a great weekend!