Tag: Poverty

Catholic Relief Services; Advocating For & Serving The Globally Vulnerable

Last week, one of the committees I serve on within the USCCB met in Washington, DC.  Knowing this meeting would coincide with the visit of Cardinal Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato in the Philippines, staff of Catholic Relief Services worked with the Catholic Conference Executive Directors from both Wyoming and Alaska to schedule some meetings with their respective Congressional delegations.  Both Alaska and Wyoming have two Senators and one Representative; thus six meetings were scheduled. Before the end of September, Congress must make decisions regarding the distribution of numerous Appropriations Accounts.  Our purposes during […]

The Incarnation Reveals and Restores Human Dignity

Merry Christmas!  This Holy Night, we celebrate the birth of our Savior.  We celebrate the patience and faithful love of our God, come down to earth that we might gaze upon the face of God in the person of Jesus. Tonight, the world celebrates the perfect union of the human and Divine in the person of Jesus.  In Jesus the human person finds two great virtues to live by, which lead us to our common goal; humility, and poverty, which lead us to our dignity. Several realities manifest this union of human and divine natures.  […]

Strive To Be Welcomed Into Eternal Dwellings

This Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) reminds us that we are stewards of many gifts in this life.  Just as the steward of the rich man in today’s Gospel (Luke 16:1-13) was eventually called upon by his master to give an accounting of his stewardship, so each of us. At first blush, we can get the sense the Gospel is about wealth and property.  These are only the worldly realities being discussed by Jesus, and probably why we so readily focus on them in this Gospel, and it is important to pay […]

Recognizing Our Poverty

“Give them some food yourselves.”  With these words in  Sunday’s Gospel (Mt 14:13-21), Jesus is not only challenging His disciples, but is once again being the Teacher.  He wants them to understand their own poverty, apart from Him.  At the same time, He wants to teach them the ever abiding richness that flows from Him. Blessed Pope John Paul II in His Post Synodal Exhortation, Pastores Gregis, following the 2001 Synod on the Life of Bishops, in the conclusion, used this passage to give a concise teaching on the abundance of grace and goodness that is […]

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