‘The hope of the poor shall not perish for ever’
In his message for the third World Day of the Poor, celebrated on 17 November, Pope Francis reminds us that “the poor are not numbers, but people”, to be assisted, accompanied, protected, defended and saved. He recalls that this is not possible without the humility of listening, the charism of the whole, the courage of renunciation. He reminds us that to “follow the way of charity, of humility and of listening means lending an ear to the little ones”, because God reveals himself through them. And he asks us not to look down on anyone from above. “You can only look down at a person from above,” he insists, “in order to help them get up”.
During his audience with delegates of the Caritas Internationalis General Assembly on 27 May, 2019, the Pope called for serious action in this regard. He urged us to live our mission with a style of poverty, gratuitousness and humility. He insisted that we cannot live charity without having interpersonal relationships with the poor: living with and for the poor. He invited us to cultivate a personal encounter with Christ, in order to meet him in the poor (see Matthew 25).
Resources to celebrate the third World Day of the Poor in parishes, produced by Caritas Social Action Network can be found at http://www.csan.org.uk/worlddayofthepoor/
The full content of Pope Francis’ message can be found at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en.html
From Hallam Justice and Peace Commission