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!