Monday, February 20, 2012


I read a Tweet posted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops about their program PovertyUSA that sent me on Curious George adventure on the internet. What are people saying about poverty out there in the blogosphere? Can we end it? Why is it still an issue in this day and age? Are we any closer to solving the problem?

There are as many answers to these questions as clicks you could click on your keyboard. 

After all my clicking, I came away with this—we have the resources to end poverty, unfortunately, we lack the motivation needed to actually get the job done. I want to say we can end it, because we can, it’s just that we won’t. Sad, but true. Nevertheless, many good people are working hard and doing their best, and who knows what might happen someday. One thing I am absolutely sure of, though, is if we all did something, anything to help the effort, poverty would decline. So let’s get started…

We Can End It. (Chin up attitude!)

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"Catholicism does not call us to abandon the world but to help shape it. This does not mean leaving worldly tasks and responsibilities but transforming them...Social justice and the common good are built up or town down day by day in the countless decisions and choices we make."  US Bishops, Everyday Christianity

Poverty...what's life like at the poverty line? It's one impossible choice after another—between food and medicine, getting to work or paying the heating bill. But there are ways out.

1 comment:

  1. Brethren and friends, let us never allow ourselves to misuse what has been given us by God’s gift. If we do, we shall hear Saint Peter say: Be ashamed of yourselves for holding on to what belongs to someone else. Resolve to imitate God’s justice, and no one will be poor. Let us not labour to heap up and hoard riches while others remain in need. [from the second reading, a sermon by St Gregory Nazianzen, in the Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours for today.]