December 10

Day of Prayer to End Hunger

Reflection

“It is a scandal that there is still hunger and malnutrition in the world. It is not just a question of responding to immediate emergencies, but of addressing together, in all areas, a problem that challenges our personal and social conscience to achieve a just and lasting solution. No one should be obliged to abandon his country and his own cultural environment because of the lack of essential means of subsistence. Paradoxically, at a time in which globalization enables us to know the situations of need in the world and to multiply exchanges and human relations, the tendency seems to be growing to individualism and to shutting ourselves in on ourselves, which leads to a certain attitude of indifference – at the personal, institutional and State level – vis-a-vis those who are dying of hunger or suffer malnutrition, almost as if it were an unavoidable fact. However, hunger and malnutrition can never be considered a normal event to which one must become accustomed, as if it were part of the system. Something has to change in ourselves, in our mentality, in our societies. What can we do? I think that an important step is to bring down, with determination, the barriers of individualism, of being shut-in on ourselves, of the slavery of profit at all cost; and this, not only in the dynamic of human relations, but also in the global economic and financial dynamic. I think it is necessary, today more than ever, to educate ourselves in solidarity, to rediscover the value and meaning of this very uncomfortable word, often left to one side, and to make it become a background attitude in decisions on the political, economic and financial plane, in relations between persons, overcoming egoistic and partisan visions, in the end, we will also be able to achieve the objective of eliminating forms of indigence determined by the lack of food.

The waste of food is but one of the fruits of the “throw away culture” which often leads to sacrificing men and women to the idols of profit and consumption; a sad sign of the “globalization of indifference,” which makes us “accustomed” slowly to the suffering of others, as if it were something normal.”
Pope Francis

Prayer

Let us pray for all those who gather on this day, in this place, and across the globe, hungry and full, speaking and silent. That, together, we may raise our voices against hunger and injustice.

Action

Today Pope Francis is asking us to create “a wave of prayer” to end to hunger. The prayer wave will begin at noon local time in Tonga, and will progress around the world until it reaches American Samoa 24 hours and more than 164 countries later. Please join the prayer wave by taking a moment to pray at noon today, wherever you are. Then, put your prayer into action by calling your representative in Congress at 1-888-410-0619. Tell your representative to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from further budget cuts.

 Suggested Reading

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Romans 12:13

Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in.
Matthew 25:34-35

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance.
Simone Weil

More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World.
Fidel Castro

There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry.
Ed Asner

It is important for people to realize that we can make progress against world hunger, that world hunger is not hopeless. The worst enemy is apathy.
Reverend David Beckmann

The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock–food for the well off–while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.
Dr.Walden Bello

If you want to eliminate hunger, everybody has to be involved
Bono

35 million people in the U.S. are hungry or don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 13 million of them are children. If another country were doing this to our children, we’d be at war.
Jeff Bridges

A hungry man can’t see right or wrong. He just sees food.
Pearl S. Buck

Today is also Human Rights Day. Click Here: Human Rights Day

 

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