The poor are all around us… those who are poor in physical necessities, or in relationships, in health, in spirit. Perhaps even I am poor. Do I have the time in my day and the space in my heart to hear the cry of the poor? How will I extend God’s mercy when I hear the cry of the poor? Holy Spirit, help me hear the cry of the poor.
Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. (Psalm 119)
In the end, the most important thing is not to do things for people who are poor and in distress, but to enter into relationship with them, to be with them and help them find confidence in themselves and discover their own gifts. Jean Vanier
Soli gloriam dei.
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.