Love and Goodness

The only way poverty will be reduced is with love and goodness. We need to see God in each other. We need to turn away from hatred and more fully embrace love. We need to make compassion the foundation of our lives and actions. Tolstoy said that our great duty as humans was to sow the seed of compassion in each other’s heart. And it is only compassion that will change and save the world.

Christ’s work of reconciliation and healing beckons us to build bridges to unity, bridges to a distant shore where common ground is found and peace prevails. Our very woundedness is waiting to be transformed into compassion. Our emotional and physical pain helps us understand and respond to the suffering of another. Compassion is as elegant as any cathedral.

We believe that Christ rose from the dead. We are resurrection people. But yet, when we look at the reality of the world around us, we see death and destruction, revenge and retaliation. We must not let our culture of death dominate our spirit of life. We have lost our prophetic voice and we no longer defend the undocumented, the lonely and the alienated, those who are hurting and have no voice. Poverty exists because we as the human family have forgotten God and turned our backs on God’s children. In giving of ourselves to the poor in acts of kindness, Christ is truly risen.

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