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The Cry of the Poor
Transcript of The Cry of the Poor
Catholic Social Teaching & Poverty
Mother Teresa on the Poor
Let's Explore Scripture...
"The Lord hears the cry of the poor..."
Matthew 25 - "“When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”"
Who are the poor?
Which of these people are poor?
Who are the poor?
Material Poverty - Luke 6:17-26
Poverty of the Soul - Luke 16:19-31
Poverty of the Spirit - Luke 21:1-4; Luke 18:9-15
How does God feel about each of these poverties?
Is it possible to be living but really dying?
Is it possible to be dying but really living?
On Why He Deserves a $3 Million Paycheck for Two and a Half Men
"I'm tired of pretending I'm not special. I'm tired of pretending I'm not a total b******' rock star from Mars. People can't figure me out. They can't process me. I don't expect them to. You can't process me with a normal brain."
On Why He's a "Winner"
"I'm sorry, man, but I've got magic. I've got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time -- and this includes naps -- I'm an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground."
Addressing His Substance Abuse Issues
"I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available because if you try it once you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. It's too much."
Victor Frankl (1905-1997
"If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete.
The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity — even under the most difficult circumstances — to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self-preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal. Here lies the chance for a man either to make use of or to forgo the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him. And this decides whether he is worthy of his sufferings or not. … Such men are not only in concentration camps. Everywhere man is confronted with fate, with the chance of achieving something through his own suffering."
"But what about human liberty? Is there no spiritual freedom in regard to behavior and reaction to any given surroundings? … Most important, do the prisoners’ reactions to the singular world of the concentration camp prove that man cannot escape the influences of his surroundings? Does man have no choice of action in the face of such circumstances?
We can answer these questions from experience as well as on principle. The experiences of camp life show that man does have a choice of action. … Man can preserve a vestige of spiritual freedom, of independence of mind, even in such terrible conditions of psychic and physical stress.
[E]verything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way."
"Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you would become the plaything of circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity to become molded into the form of the typical inmate."
Different Types of Material Poverty
Involuntary Material Poverty
Voluntary Material Poverty
The estimated minimum level of income needed to secure the necessities of life.
To live in a state of
. To do without certain goods in order to identify with the poor Christ. To live a God & person-centered life instead of a thing-centered life.
Statistics & Misconceptions
14.5% of Americans live below the poverty line
45.3 million Americans live in poverty as of 2013
19.9% of Americans under the age of 18 live in poverty
13.6% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 65 live in poverty
9.5% of Americans over the age of 65 live in poverty
20-25% of homeless people have severe and persistent mental illness
4.2% of full-time workers are below the PL
15.5% of part-time workers are below the PL
4 Lessons to Take Away
He recognized the people around him who were in more need than him
His faith fueled his charity -- he rooted his service in the Eucharist
He lived the authentic calling of the Christian laity
He cared for those around him by both serving them materially and spiritually. He
Preferential Option for the Poor
As followers of Christ, we are challenged to make a fundamental "option for the poor"—to speak for the voiceless, to defend the defenseless, to assess life styles, policies, and social institutions
in terms of their impact on the poor.
This "option for the poor" does not mean pitting one group against another, but rather, strengthening the whole community by assisting those who are most vulnerable...
Decisions must be judged in light of what they do
the poor, what they do
the poor and what they
the poor to do for themselves. The fundamental moral criterion for all economic decisions, policies, and institutions is this: They must be at the service of all people,
especially the poor.
And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19 - Jesus & the Camel