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getting enough…

JFortson

There is a power in simplicity. Living more simply not only honors our home, it demonstrates that we care for others and know the necessity and the joy of sharing the world’s finite resources. At its heart, living more simply is deeply spiritual.

we cannot be satisfied…

Poverty exists because we lack  community. There is no true sense of all being part of one family serving and caring for one another. Those of us with more of the world’s resources than we need refuse to share the life-saving necessities with brothers and sisters who are daily dying for their lack of what we waste.

human dragons…

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Powerful words, and a powerful perspective on a real danger…

One of my favorite Fantasy/Science Fiction authors, Ursula K. LeGuin, wrote  that “dragons aren’t real…but they’re true.”  I believe that.

And there’s a good reason why even just the thought of dragons frighten us. We instinctively know they are evil.

For anyone to horde life-saving resources while allowing 820 million of my brothers and sisters to remain chained in the shadow of hunger cannot be called anything less than evil. Allowing 20,000 of our family to succumb to the ravages of hunger every single day is evil incarnate.

So Melissa is spot on. Her tweet is absolutely correct. There are far too many human dragons in our midst. They are known as Billionaires.

 

enough for us all…

We all want to help one another, Human beings are like that. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. Earth has enough for our need, but not for our greed.:

The new Health Care Bill passed by the House  yesterday is yet another example of how power corrupts and the greed of the wealthy knows no limits. Our nation sees less justice with each passing day for the poor, the marginalized, and the powerless.

Those of us who identify with the least of these among us, those of us who try to live lives modeled after the man of Nazareth, know that the answer to injustice is love. And the more radical that love, the more effective it is at ripping through the lies of those in power.

Now is the time for us to demonstrate faithfulness to the Gospel in everything we do and say. Now is when we must not be silent, but speak the truth to those whose disregard for justice threatens those who need it most.

getting enough

Desire Less:

How many of us have bought into the philosophy that the one with the most toys wins? Our entire society operates on the principle that our lives would be so much better, and that we as individuals would be more complete, if we could just get the next best thing.

We have been brainwashed into believing that we must buy more to live. We live to buy rather than buying to live. The issue I have with this lifestyle is that it isn’t Christian, and in a world of poverty and hunger, it is actually immoral.

If our spirituality actually informs our lifestyle we should be striving to live more simply. That’s what Chesterton is saying. Desiring less is the best way to have enough. By living more simply we make it possible for others to simply live.

Our world was created perfectly. There is enough resources to meet our needs, but there will never be enough to meet our greed.

ending hunger : 3 step plan

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Tennis great, Arthur Ashe, served up an ace with these words. I have preached the same manta for ending hunger for over 35 years.

Ending hunger in our lifetime can be accomplished. All it takes is for each of us to follow this simple 3 step plan.

We need to start right now, right where we are. We use whatever resources we have available, and do whatever we can on behalf of the poor and hungry. The results will be more powerful than any of use can imagine. We will see the day when hunger is just an ugly memory.

I live for that glorious day. Working together we can make it happen.