As I have said before, sometimes silence isn’t golden. Sometimes remaining silence is just plain yellow. Allowing others to be humiliated without speaking up and coming to their defense cannot be justified. If we see suffering and do not act to defend those being oppressed we become as responsible, as guilty, as the oppressors.
“If you can touch the world of beauty in the world of ugliness, then you can touch the world of suffering in the world of enlightenment. The world of enlightenment is within the world of suffering.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
O GOD, Almighty and merciful, who heals those that are broken in heart, and turns the sadness of the sorrowful to joy; Let your fatherly goodness be upon all that you have made. Remember in pity those who are this day destitute, homeless, or forgotten by their fellow men. Bless the congregation of your poor. Uplift those who are cast down. For those who suffer innocently, I pray that you will sanctify their endurance of the wrongs worked on them, keeping their hearts free of bitterness. Cheer with hope all discouraged and unhappy people, and help those who are tempted into sin by their poverty; though they be troubled on every side, suffer them not to be distressed; though they be perplexed, save them from despair. Grant this, O Lord, for the love of him, who for our sake endured poverty and blameless suffering, your Son, our Jesus Christ. Amen.
(an anonymous prayer found on the internet)
a prayer to make poverty history
By: Cardinal O’Brien
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.
who has taught us that the meaning of life is to be found in putting SERVICE ABOVE SELF, we beseech thee to bless all who give themselves in the service of their fellow men and women; endue them with wisdom, patience, and courage to strengthen the weak and to raise up those who fall; that being inspired by love, they may minister to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy. In thy name we pray. – Amen
This is the invocation offered at this past week’s meeting of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club.
All life is sacred. Allowing such suffering is an obscenity.
This Somalian child is a member of our human family, created in the image of God.
He is my brother.
There is no spiritual tradition, no faith path, no religion that condones, tolerates or allows such misery. Every hungry and starving child in the world is an indictment against superficial spirituality that ignores the reality of this unnecessary evil.
When will we decide it’s time to become human enough to erase the obscenity of hunger once and for all?
If it’s not today it’s not soon enough.