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Source: http://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/povertyusa/upload/poverty-awareness-month-calendar.pdf

Source: http://povertyusa.org/

More than 46 million Americans live in Poverty USA

Americans families were having a difficult time making ends meet before the recession. With continuing unemployment and increasing costs of living, more and more families have to choose between necessities like health care, child care, and even food.

Reflect on poverty, pray for solutions.
“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” (St. John Damascene, CCC 2559). Prayer and meditation can open our eyes to our responsibilities and our hearts to solutions.”

Millions of people throughout the United States and the world are struggling. Please help us pray for their well-being.

Reflections on Poverty
Luke 3:11 – “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.”
“Come, Holy Spirit, and open our hearts, minds, and souls to your presence. Grace us with the strength to follow the examples of Jesus. Like Jesus, may the Spirit provide us with a voice to cry out for justice for the poor. Remind us that what we do to the least of those among us, we do to you.” Answering the Voice of the Spirit, The Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Matthew 25:40 – “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

“Consequently, the promotion of justice is at the heart of a true culture of solidarity. It is not just a question of giving one’s surplus to those in need, but of helping entire peoples presently excluded or marginalized to enter into the sphere of economic and human development.” Pope John Paul II, World Day of Peace