The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s (ACSJC) Briefing for November is now up on the website. The Briefing covers issues of Catholic social teaching in November 2017, highlighting resources, media items and diary events. It can be read here.
From the Secretariat, John Ferguson:
As we enter the month of November, the wheels of consumerism are already turning our minds to Christmas – ‘What will we buy?’ ‘How and where will we spend our cash?’
The intrusive advertising, the conspicuous affluence and consumerist binge at this time of year can so easily obscure the Season of Advent and reduce the true meaning of Christmas. In the process, the poor and marginalised members of our society are so easily forgotten.
World Day of the Poor
As we approach the Seasons of Advent and Christmas, Pope Francis has instituted a new ‘World day of the Poor’ which, this year, will be celebrated on Sunday 19 November. In his message for the day, Pope Francis says he wants the annual event to be a ‘powerful appeal to our consciences as believers, allowing us to grow in the conviction that sharing with the poor enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel.’
His message is entitled, Let us love, not with words but with deeds.
This is a good reminder not to forget the poor and dispossessed as our families start to plan for the end-of-year festivities.
‘We may think of the poor simply as the beneficiaries of our occasional volunteer work, or of impromptu acts of generosity that appease our conscience. However good and useful such acts may be for making us sensitive to people’s needs and the injustices that are often their cause, they ought to lead to a true encounterwith the poor and a sharing that becomes a way of life.’
The Pope warns of a growing divide of wealth and an indifference in contemporary culture to the plight of the poor.