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Pope Francis makes special plea, but will Catholics really listen? Comments

Pope Francis continues to call for aid to the poor as the holiday season ends. The Holy Father has set a goal to eradicate global hunger by distributing food more equitably around the world and he has called on all faithful Catholics to help. It's a call that can't be answered by a single second collection at Mass. Continue Reading

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  1. Alan Perez
    9 months ago

    I would remind those of you who scoff at the words "man does not live by bread alone" (as if it's some underhanded way to ignore the poor) of three facts. One, that they were spoken by the living God when he was among us. Two, Christ spoke these words while STRAVING in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. Three, Christ showed multiple times that those who are his servants will be taken care of; and he scolded those who had faith but lost all hope when ever problems appeared.

  2. Larry
    9 months ago

    Is it better to give another a fish to eat for today (feed the hungry) or to teach another how to fish so he or she can live for the rest of his or her life (make a living for themselves and for their family). Its better to do both - feed them WHILE you teach them to learn to fend for themselves and make it more on their own - BUT the GOAL should be to give them what they need to be able to do it themselves.

    Our caring efforts can go in many different ways but we need to have a goal in mind. For many it is to care for and feed the poor - fine. But what if it were possible that they got well and were no longer poor or so poor and they could take care of themselves and provide for themselves - we could still care for their needs when they needed something but we could divert more energies to others who were still in dire need. Is the goal to only care for others or is not the goal in today's world to help others get to a point where they no longer needed that help from us at all or so often?

    Caring and sharing blesses our actions, efforts, thoughts, feelings. The poor you will always have with you because of the ways economics works or does not work, the selfishness of others, the mistakes and negative decisions many of us make in our lives, the ill effects on us that the actions of others have, etc. We're human so there will always be lacks. But as we care for them, should we not help them as we ourselves find ways for us to no longer be poor or as poor. Just accepting handouts keeps those who accept in a beggar's position and great dependency - they have to come back tomorrow for some more.

    Spreading food around prevents hunger for today - creating conditions and developing their skills to be able to live on their own prevents hunger from lingering on tomorrow and thereafter. Let's find ways to help people create more of their own dignity to do more on their own for themselves and for theirs!

  3. Bella Hilliard
    9 months ago

    According to the Catholic Bible - John 17:3 "And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." Many people do not know the only true God well and so a Bible study is a must. Joshua 1:8 8 "Have the book of this Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may carefully keep everything that is written in it. Then your undertakings will prosper, then you will have success." So again, Bible study is a must for these people and maybe it will teach them how to get out of poverty. Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

  4. Michele
    9 months ago

    I think it is easy to say "the only nourishment we should worry about is the daily bread" and "the Holy Eucharist is infinitely more valuable'' with a full stomach. i dare say it is impossible to concentrate or properly pray when the body is starving. Feed peoples bodies and their minds will follow. Thus the saying "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach".

    I feel this article hits me right where I live. It is a loud and clear call to action for me...words are cheap, I must put real effort behind my meaningless mouth.

    Thank you for helping me to become a better catholic and christian.

  5. Fred
    9 months ago

    Well, there is your answer, two out of three Catholics found fault with the message or some way around it due to diction you used within the article. It's a shame really. It's such a good message.

  6. Clinton C. Somerton
    9 months ago

    "Christians around the world are very good at handing out Bibles to people, and praying for things, but many of the world's people don't need Bibles, and they can't eat prayers. They need food!"

    I invite the author of the above statements to read them again carefully and ask him- or herself if they don't sound like part of the kind of diatribe that anti-clerical ideologues have been spouting for decades and even centuries against Christians and the Church.

    Pope Francis is amazing in his Christ-like example of love and devotion to the poor, and the article properly stings many of us by identifying the often appalling limits of our love -- all of us -- for others. Nevertheless, the writer may have gotten carried away in composing the quotation cited above. It's so easy for us to lose our sense of reverence in the pursuit of rhetorical flourishes.

    Your brother in Christ,

    Clinton

  7. Alan
    9 months ago

    Man does not live off bread alone. The only nurisment we should worry about is "the daily bread" aka the body and blood of Christ. Better to die hungry but filled with Christ, then physically satisfied yet spiritually dead.

  8. Diana
    9 months ago

    "Sustenance of the body is virtually on par with sustenance of the soul, ergo the celebration of a feast at Mass."

    I disagree with this statement.

    The Holy Eucharist is not simply a feast, it is a Sacrifice of Our Living God for humanity's redemption.

    Food for the poor is not "virtually on par" with the Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Holy Eucharist is infinitely more valuable.

    To think otherwise is faulty thinking.

  9. Rob
    9 months ago

    It is so refreshing to hear these statements by the Pope. I love the fact that we are hearing less of all the politics surrounding the social ills of the day, but instead focusing on what we can do without anyone's help. I don't need any politicians, parties or talking heads to tell me what to do when it comes to taking care of the poor. This is something we all instinctively know.

    It would do us all well to really grasp how fortunate we are in this country. To often, while we may not realize it, we are often like the rich man who went away sad when Jesus told him to give everything to the poor. He missed an opportunity...an invitation.

    The materialism of our age is killing us. To the degree we can let go I think we will all be better for it.


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