I have never called it duty, but I love this quote by Bukowski, my favorite contemporary poet. My entire adult life has been consumed with a burning desire to create a world without hunger. That focus has led me to over 100 countries and more areas of conflict and devastation than I can count, and it has introduced me to an entire world of caring and compassionate people who live to make a difference in the lives of those most in need.
Now, as the flames are starting to burn a little less intensely I am gratified to see that the world has finally realized that ending hunger in our lifetime is a significant priority. I am gratified to see that the United Nations has set a measurable goal of ending hunger by 2030.
Whether I see a hunger-free world or not, the ashes of my life will forever hold the warmth of all those who have given themselves to this grand, glorious and world-changing vision. Thank you, one and all, for caring enough to help end hunger in our lifetime.
And thus endeth the sermon for today. Amen and Amen.
In the 10th chapter of Gospel of John, Jesus said that He came that we might have life in all its fullness. When I read that passage I understand that life in all its fullness includes sufficient food and shelter and all the other necessary resources to have a full and complete life.
That’s why I agree with Sister Joan Chittister. Those claiming to be Pro-Life need to be more than just Pro-Birth. They need to be truly Pro-Life. And that includes supporting policies that ensure a child has those vital resources necessary for a full and complete life.
Until this is done, Pro-Life is an intentional misnomer, a movement both spiritually suspect and morally indefensible.