Populorum Progressio 75: Prayer and Action

When speaking of those “in dire poverty, enmeshed in ignorance and tormented by insecurity,” as Pope Paul VI did in section 74, we are led to Prayer and Action.

75. Let everyone implore God the Father Almighty that the human race, which is certainly aware of these evils, will bend every effort of mind and spirit to their eradication. To this prayer should be added the resolute commitment of every individual.

Prayers at Mass, possibly on a consistent basis, would help also.

Each should do as much as (they) can, as best (they) can, to counteract the slow pace of progress in some nations.

Any sort of progress, especially slow, is unwelcome.

And it is to be hoped that individuals, social organizations and nations will join hands in (community) fashion—the strong aiding the weak—all contributing their knowledge, their enthusiasm and their love to the task, without thinking of their own convenience.

It is the person who is motivated by genuine love, more than anyone else, who pits (their) intelligence against the problems of poverty, trying to uncover the causes and looking for effective ways of combatting and overcoming them.

Sadly, the impulse as of late has been to focus on one’s own experiences of injustice. Some of these are authentic. Some can be better described as personal inconveniences, like wearing masks. It’s easy enough to say, “Grow up, please!” But it’s not a matter of adulthood. Children have a great capacity to love and share. Some people lose that as they grow older. Children are capable of great maturity. Likewise, a lost trait for some.

St John XXIII on peacemakers, male and female:

As a promoter of peace, “he goes on his way, holding aloft the torch of joy and shedding light and grace on the hearts of men all over the world; he helps them to cross the barriers of geographical frontiers, to acknowledge every man as a friend and brother.” (John XXIII, Address upon receiving the Balzan Peace Prize, May 10, 1963: AAS 55 (1963), 455.)

This encyclical letter is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and can be found in its entirety at this link.

The image is of Lady Justice at the Central Criminal Court of London.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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