The hope of the poor shall not perish forever
Sunday, November 17, on all continents the catholic Church will celebrate the World day of Prayer as wished by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy: “I wanted to offer the Church a World Day of the Poor, so that throughout the world Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need. To the World Days… I wish to add this one, which adds to them an exquisitely evangelical fullness, that is, Jesus’ preferential love for the poor.” Message of his Holiness Pope Francis, First World Day of the Poor, No 6.
In France, this day is also the national day of Secours Catholique Caritas France, an opportunity to be attentive to the poor so as to witness that “no one should consider themselves excluded from the love of the Father”.
Let us remember, “At times, very little is needed to restore hope. It is enough to stop for a moment, smile and listen. (…) The poor are persons to be encountered; (…) to be invited (…) The poor save us because they enable us to encounter the face of Jesus Christ.” No 9… “If the disciples of the Lord Jesus wish to be genuine evangelizers, they must sow tangible seeds of hope.” No 10 (excerpts from the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of the Poor 2019).
Sisters of the Sacred Heart, “Bearers of hope in the heart of the world”, answer the Pope’s compassionate call to make this 3rd World Day of the Poor a day of prayer and sharing, a day of grace and joy.
Sister Anne Marie Mabon,
“Together for a better world”