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a prayer to make poverty history

a prayer to make poverty history

By: Cardinal O’Brien

Lord of Life,
Open our eyes to make us:

Aware of the poverty suffered by others;
Aware of the immorality of allowing that suffering to take place;
Aware of our rights as citizens to be heard;
Aware of the men, women and children dying as we speak;
Aware that our solidarity gives us strength;
Aware that our leaders may turn a deaf ear but Almighty God hears our cry;
And aware that only together can we: Make Poverty History.

Give us the strength and determination to work towards solutions
and policy changes that can free our sisters and brothers
around the world from the chains of poverty.
Inspire us to challenge our leaders to make debt relief
and fighting poverty a priority,
and make our voices loud and clear.

Amen.

eating an elephant

A man can only do what he can do. But if he does that each day, he can sleep at night and do it again the next day. — Albert Schweitzer

Ending hunger is much like eating an elephant. It can be done, but it’s not going to happen in one meal.

We can, and we should, end hunger in our lifetime. However, it will take determination to make it happen.

Ending hunger in our lifetime is difficult, but never make the mistake of thinking it is impossible. Each of us only need to do what we can today. Then tomorrow we do what we can again. Like any great endeavor, eradicating the scourge of hunger requires great perseverance.

The secret to changing the world to a place where hunger is just a memory can be found in a Buddhist say that I have always liked. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is to keep on walking.”

Persistent effort will get us to the day when we have a hunger-free world. We aren’t there yet, but we are closer than we were yesterday. And tomorrow is another day. Let’s just keep walking until we get there.