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1/18/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Charity is at the heart of our being as Catholics.

The community of Catholic Online continues to answer Pope Francis' call to feed the world's hungry. With a third shipment of food aid to the Philippines ready to go, the work hasn't stopped. A fourth is planned and Catholic Online with Your Catholic Voice Foundation has a powerful new solution in the works. We will be working with Pope Francis to go further than ever before in the fight against hunger and poverty. Read on to learn what this exciting new solution will be.

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

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

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/18/2014 (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) - On Dec 10, Pope Francis called for a global initiative of Catholics to feed the world's hungry. In his speech, he commented that we produce plenty of food worldwide. However the distribution of this food is scandalous. Pope Francis has asked each Catholic to both "Pray and Act' to eradicate world hunger.

So far, Catholics have responded generously. Your donations have already sent two shipments of food to the Philippines which remain ravaged by the effects of Typhoon Hiyan/Yolanda. Things are improving there, but slowly. Help is still needed. Thousands remain homeless and are without enough food to feed their families, especially their children, while they work to recover.

A third tranche of food aid will be sent within the coming days. And after that, we're going to launch a global initiative in union with Pope Francis to alleviate poverty which is the root cause of all world hunger. Catholic Online has a solution.

First, we want people to understand that charity changes people for the better. Both the giver and the recipient are helped. On our Facebook page, we asked for stories of charity that helped people. The responses were overwhelming.

"YES, It feels good," Tess Kerber, told Catholic Online in her comment.

Tess has learned the secret of Pope Francis and many other people who understand the power of charity. Proper charity costs you something and when done in the spirit of prayer, it changes you.

As Vatican Almoner Archbishop Knorad Krajewski  explained, charity has to cost you something so it can change you.

Charity feels good, and it's the reason why so many people are involved in charitable giving. It is also a pillar of action for devout Catholics. Catholics have a long tradition of charity. Many of our hospitals, homeless shelters, and aid facilities in the United States are Catholic ministries. Overseas, the Catholic Church is often the only humanitarian service available to many.

We in America are very blessed. We enjoy incredible abundance. Our middle class enjoys a standard of living envied by much of the developing world. Little things like central air and heating, reliable electricity and grocery stores stocked with goods from around the world are dreams to most of the world's people.

These are the blessings of our success, but they're also the making of a scandal. The distribution of food in America is part of the problem. Consider for a moment what is tossed into the rubbish at your home, or the size of the portions we eat. The excess is more than enough to feed a second family. We over-consume by habit when in reality we don't need as much as we have.

A simple examination of one's stores and conscience will bear this out.

So, fellow Catholics, the task is to us. We in America with our plates filled with food, are among those being asked to respond. How will you answer?

Many of you have answered the Pope's call to feed the poor, but we know many others have glanced at the headline and clicked away without helping! While we're inspired by the number of helpers the Holy Father has, we can't help but pray for those who still turn away like the rich man who was invited to walk with Jesus but turned himself away when he saw the price.

Will you turn away when you learn the price?

Some of you have commented to us that you gave already at Mass. Others have explained that donating food to the poor is like "good money after bad" because recipients become dependent on the aid.

Now ask yourself: if Pope Francis asked you to stand next to him and help feed poor or homeless people, would you really answer him like that? Stop and ponder that before you read on.

A dollar in the collection basket helps, but only a bit. That's why we're asking people to donate packs of VitaMeal for shipment.

One pack of VitaMeal can feed a child 30 meals. It's fortified with essential vitamins and nutrients. It's also shipped in a sealed package to prevent spoilage, something that commonly happens with other staples such as grain and rice. It has a long shelf life so aid agencies can keep it on hand for emergency distribution.

The price of a pack of VitaMeal will cost you something, but it won't break your bank. As with all charity, it has to cost you something so that if you offer it in a prayerful way it can change you for the better.

The current campaign also costs us. We receive only enough to cover only our own cost for the packages themselves. Catholic Online with Your Catholic Voice Foundation has devoted staff and other resources to the campaign, and has costs as well. Yet, these sacrifices are being prayerfully offered. We'd like to think it's changing us too.

There's one last thing we'd like to address.
 
A few people have commented that feeding the poor does little to help them. While we disagree with this, we understand the logic behind the sentiment and will soon be announcing an intuitive to solve one of the chief causes of hunger, which is poverty. We believe poverty can be fixed through moral education and we're developing a detailed plan right now to address it.

Our plan, Operation 'Prayer and Action' will involve feeding the hungry, moral education, and powerful learning tools to eradicate poverty, which is the cause of hunger. Catholic Online stands at the nexus of readers, the Church, technology, and other resources like no other agency in history. We have the resources and the network to make this plan a success. Nothing like it has been attempted ever before. We have a prayerful faith that with your help, it will work.

Catholic Online has reached a remarkable place in its growth and is finally in position to take decisive action that for the first time ever, will alleviate poverty in ways previously unimagined.

Pope Francis asks you, will you 'Pray and Act' now?


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


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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


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