Aparecida 394: Solidarity With The Poor

Do we see the poor and needy as an object for our “generous” attention? Or are they true companions? If the latter, then we have a prayer of achieving solidarity. That last quote down there is from St John Paul II.

394. Solidarity likewise springs from our faith in Christ as a permanent attitude of encounter, brotherly and sisterly spirit, and service, which is to be manifested in visible options and gestures, primarily in defense of life and of the rights of the most vulnerable and excluded, and in continual accompaniment in their efforts to be agents for changing and transforming their situation. The Church’s service of charity among the poor “is an aspect which must clearly mark the Christian life, the Church’s whole activity and her pastoral planning.” (Novo Millennio Ineunte 49)

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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