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Have a family discussion about the rights of migrants and refugees and our Christian duty to "welcome the stranger." Here are some quotes to ground your discussion.
Option for the Poor:
It's Poverty Awareness Month and a good time to enhance your understanding of what the Church means by the "Option for the Poor." Although that wording is fairly recent, it’s clear even in the writings of the Old Testament prophets that people of faith have a particular obligation to look after the needs of the poor.
The Sacred Constitution “Gaudium et Spes,” The Church in the Modern World, from the Second Vatican Council put it this way:
"Faced with a world today where so many people are suffering from want, the council asks individuals and governments to remember the saying of the Fathers: 'Feed the people dying of hunger, because if you do not feed them you are killing them,' and it urges them according to their ability to share and dispose of their goods to help others, above all by giving them aid which will enable them to help and develop themselves. (GeS 69)
The Church’s social teaching reminds us that providing for the needs of the poor and vulnerable is not a nice but optional thing to do with our surplus, but is a positive obligation for every person of faith. It’s the actualization of the words of Jesus, “As often as you did this for the least of my brothers, you did it for me.”
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