Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/14/2014 (2 years 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 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.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/14/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope 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 not 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?


It the answer to this is yes, then our next step is quite simple. 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, each of which can feed a child 30 meals. 

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'...

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for DECEMBER 2016
Universal:
End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.



Comments


More Living Faith

Pope Francis makes surprising appearance at beautiful young cancer patient's funeral with heartbreaking personal letter Watch

Image of Pope Francis reads a heartbreaking letter to a little girl who passed away from cancer.

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

Pope Francis has again captured the hearts of the world, with a tear-jerking letter to a young Italian girl dying from cancer, which was read aloud at the girl's funeral once she passed away. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - "Dear Paolina, your photos are on ... continue reading


Seven bishops, one abbot, and a psychiatrist dialogue with peace activists Watch

Image of During the recent U.S. Catholic bishops' fall assembly in Baltimore, several bishops and one abbot, gathered with about 25 peace activists [not pictured].

By Tony Magliano

During the recent U.S. Catholic bishops' fall assembly in Baltimore, several bishops and one abbot, gathered with about 25 peace activists - myself included - to share a simple meal and consider the horrible emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds suffered by ... continue reading


Healing miracle for blind man who refused to stop praying Watch

Image of Kevin Coughlin never gave up and his tenacity was rewarded by God (pix11).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A Manhattan man who went bling in 1997 kept the faith and was healed sixteen years later. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kevin Coughlin suffered a rare genetic condition called Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON).LHON symptoms begin as a sudden, painless ... continue reading


Pope Francis honors girl dying of cancer with personal letter Watch

Image of Pope Francis reads a heartbreaking letter to a little girl who passed away from cancer.

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

Pope Francis has again captured the hearts of the world, with a tear-jerking letter to a young Italian girl dying from cancer, which was read aloud at the girl's funeral once she passed away. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - "Dear Paolina, your photos are on my ... continue reading


Fr. Stanley Rother becomes first American-born martyr Watch

Image of Father Stanley Rother was proclaimed a martyr.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis has recognized Father Stanley Rother as a martyr. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fr. Rother was born in Oklahoma City, OK, making him the first martyr born in the United States.In 1986, he was sent to Santiago Atitlan from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma ... continue reading


Pope Francis announces the December prayer intention Watch

Image of Pope Francis calls us to pray for child soldiers.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis revealed his December prayer intention on Thursday, prompting millions to unite in prayer. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis' prayer intention for the month of December is to end child soldiers.End to ... continue reading


What is the Catholic Church doing in Australia? Watch

Image of The Catholic Church is hard at work.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Catholic Church in Australia has been hard at work to establish a permanent form of change in the community and, if successful, possibly the world. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Catholic Church in Australia established a new independent non-profit to ... continue reading


'We pray with Christian hope' - Pope Francis reminds us to pray for the living AND the dead Watch

Image of Pope Francis asks us to pray.

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

In his last set of catechesis on mercy, Pope Francis focused on the works of praying for the living and the dead, as well as burying the dead, insisting that since we are all part of one family in Christ, we must remember to pray constantly for one another. Vatican ... continue reading


The 100th Fatima anniversary brings with it three ways to obtain an indulgence Watch

Image of Invoke Our Lady of Fatima.

By Maria Ximena Rondon (CNA/EWTN News)

For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017. Fatima, Portugal (CNA/EWTN ... continue reading


What happens when an atheist encounters Christ? This poet found out for herself Watch

Image of Sally Read was an atheist, now she is a Catholic.

By David Kerr - CNA

"Until two years ago, I was a really committed atheist and I really hated the Catholic Church," said poet Sally Read, as she explained how all that dramatically changed during nine months in 2010. "The whole process took from March to December, and I was received into ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 35:1-10
1 Let the desert and the dry lands be glad, let the wasteland rejoice and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
9 His saving help is near for those who fear him, his glory will dwell in ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 5:17-26
17 Now it happened that he was teaching one day, and Pharisees and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 5th, 2016 Image

St. Sabas
December 5: Sabas was born at Mutalaska, Cappadocia, near ... Read More