Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Sadly, most will find an excuse to turn away.

Pope Francis continues to call for aid to the poor as the ordinary season ends and the lenten season begins. 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.

Pope Francis is preaching to all Catholics around the world, asking them to be the ones to end world hunger.

Pope Francis is preaching to all Catholics around the world, asking them to be the ones to end world hunger.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Popr Francis, prayer and action, Catholic Team Global, plea, ask, request, world hunger, vitameal


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis has called for a global initiative to feed the world's poor. Noting that we produce plenty of food, but distribute it scandalously, he has asked for us to both pray and act to eradicate global hunger.

Parish churches have held second collections for the poor but an extra dollar in the basket at Mass hardly feeds the poor.

Pope Francis has made our mission simple - 'Prayer and Action'

PRAYER - Prayer is Powerful. Our global Catholic community should forever continue to pray. Lord hear our prayers.

ACTION - Will you give charitably? Will you allow your charity to cost you something so it can change you?

As the Vatican Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski  explained, charity has to cost you something so it can change you. The Archbishop shared the story of a fellow clergyman who boasted of giving a few euros to a homeless man outside the Vatican, and explained how in spite of the gift, it wasn't genuine charity because the euros cost the cleric relatively nothing.

Many of us live in a prosperous nation in prosperous times, even though admittedly they may not feel prosperous --  it's the height of scandal that we are afraid to perform real charity. Instead, we list the litany of taxes and tithes that we make as we turn around to pay hundreds of dollars per month for a new car or a titanic mortgage payment to keep our McMansion afloat.

We leave Mass and visit restaurants to enjoy rich food, feeling good about ourselves after we tossed an extra dollar, or perhaps a five, into the special collection basket and call our deeds done. This is not how we have been asked to be by Christ and the Holy Father. We've been asked to do much more, something hard for most people.

We have been called by Pope Francis to be a poor church for the poor. The Church he speaks of is not simply the Vatican, or even your parish church building. He does not mean merely the priests and bishops. Pope Francis means you as well. We are called to make the sacrifice, this is not a mission for prelates in the Vatican, it is a mission for YOU.

To follow Jesus, we must be willing to part with all our Earthly possessions and to follow him. Just as Pope Francis eschews papal trappings and pretenses, so too we are called to turn away from the superficial trappings of modernity-the labels, the media screeds, the wasted food and wealth. Instead, we must focus on the poor among us.

Poverty is not unique to Africa or Asia or South America, but persists here in the United States. This is ironic because here is where we can best combat poverty. We have states in the union with economies larger than most of the world's countries. Yet, there are homeless on the streets, addicts in the alleys, hungry children trying to sleep as their stomach ties itself into knots with emptiness. Right here, in our country, perhaps in your very neighborhood.

All of these people, regardless of the choices and circumstances that placed each in their situation, are worthy of Christian love and respect. Pope Francis has washed the feet of prisoners. Is there a more powerful message he can send you?

Is there?

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! Let us remember that the celebration of Mass is also an invitation to a meal. During that meal we are fed both spiritually and physically as we eat and drink of Christ Himself. This isn't symbolic -- it's far beyond that. It's literally true and this should have a profound impact on anyone who ponders it for more than a moment.

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

We feast quite regularly in America, as our waistlines demonstrate. So what's our reply to Pope Francis? A dollar in the basket? Have we heeded the lesson of Archbisop Krajewski ? Have we appreciated the washing of prisoner's feet, or do we still blame the poor for their poverty and condemn their children to hunger?

Do we hear the message of Christ and expect to join Him at his table?


If the answer to this is yes, then our next step is quite plain. PLEASE ACT NOW! Not tomorrow, not next week, not next month. The starving need to eat TODAY.

This is about 'Prayer and Action.'

Catholic Online is teaming with your Catholic Voice Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to Catholic charity. We are providing a specific food product, Vita Meal packs, each of which can feed a child 30 meals.

Your purchase of a Vita Meal pack in the Catholic Online Boutique will feed another person several meals, perhaps as many as 30. It will probably cost you more than your Sunday donation, but that's the point. Charity has to cost you something so it can change you.

We believe that world hunger is a challenge that has a solution.

Together we are God's hands in the world, Pope Francis and Catholic Online with Your Catholic Voice Foundation invite you to join with us to support our projects and raise your Catholic voice to end world hunger through 'prayer and action'.

You prayed, now here's where you act.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Living Faith

Atheists force portrait of Jesus out of Kansas public school Watch

Image of The portrait of Jesus that has been on display at the school since the 1950s.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Local residents in Chanute, Kansas expressed anger after the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully filed a petition for the removal of a portrait of Jesus Christ, which had been hanging for over 60 years in a Kansas public school.   ... continue reading


Pilgrimage with Pope Francis - SECOND STATION - St. Francis patron saint of animals and ecology

Image of Welcome to the virtual shrine to St. Francis.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Welcome to the second station on our virtual pilgrimage to Philadelphia with Pope Francis ahead of the World Meeting of Families. Let us pray! About St. FrancisSaint Francis was born to a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, Italy. Raised in a wealthy home, the young ... continue reading


Philadelphia prison inmates design chair for Pope Francis, and hope he will pray with them - Victims want their voices heard too Watch

Image of An inmate proudly shares the seal made for Pope Francis' seat.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis will meet with prison inmates during his visit to Philadelphia. In anticipation of this arrival, inmates have built him a special chair to use. His visit will bring hope to inmates and their families as he shares the restorative message of Christ with ... continue reading


Pope Francis declares parents tasked with teaching their children how to pray Watch

Image of

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the family, saying that parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Delivering his address to pilgrims and visitors, gathered under the hot sun for ... continue reading


Before TWO MILLION pilgrims arrive, Philly vendors plan to cash in with kistch Watch

Image of Enterprising vendors are hoping to earn some toasty profits when Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The arrival of Pope Francis and some two million pilgrims in Philadelphia next month is expected to bring a windfall to most of the businesses in the city which can remain open during the visit. Businesses will have a single weekend to entice pilgrims to visit their ... continue reading


No school days for working children

Image of

By Tony Magliano

It's that time again when adults take off to celebrate Labor Day, and kids head back to the adventures a new school year. But for millions of children worldwide the adventures of a new school year remain but a dream. Sadly, these children will never learn to read or ... continue reading


PRIDE is the sin the devil likes the most Watch

Image of It has been nine years since Fr. Gallego was appointed as exorcist. In an interview conducted by the Spanish daily El Mundo, the priest said that in his experience, pride is the sin the devil likes the most.

By CNA/EWTN News

Is an exorcist afraid? What is the devil's favorite sin? These and other questions were tackled in a recent interview with the Dominican priest, Father Juan Jose Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. (CAN/EWTN) - It has ... continue reading


Former President Jimmy Carter stays close to God during difficult times Watch

Image of Jimmy Carter holds on to his faith as he battles cancer.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former president Jimmy Carter holds on to his faith while undergoing radiation treatment for the spread of brain cancer. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - In a recent appearance at Maranatha Baptist Church, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter shared the ... continue reading


Do We Really Believe in the Resurrection of the Body and the Life of the World to Come? Watch

Image of Seated at the right hand of the Father, he works unceasingly in the world, to draw men into the Church and through it to join them more closely to himself.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord. His salvation is offered extended to all men and women. That salvation is not only about our souls, but about the whole human person. It will only be complete when we are raised from the dead and dwell in the kingdom to come. He ... continue reading


Pilgrimage with Pope Francis - FIRST STATION - St. Raphael, patron of travelers and singles

Image of St. Raphael, patron of travelers and singles, pray for us!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Welcome to the first station on our virtual pilgrimage to Philadelphia with Pope Francis, ahead of the World Meeting of Families. Let us pray! About St. Raphael:St. Raphael is one of seven Archangels who stand before the throne of the Lord. He was sent by God to help ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Thessalonians 4:1-8
1 Finally, brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 97:1, 2, 5-6, 10, 11-12
1 Yahweh is king! Let earth rejoice, the many isles ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 25:1-13
1 'Then the kingdom of Heaven will be like this: Ten ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 28th, 2015 Image

St. Augustine of Hippo
August 28: St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter