The Hunger and Thirst that Unite Us

The Hunger and Thirst that Unite Us

Happy those concerned for the lowly and the poor (Psalm 41)   We live in a culture where if I feel hungry, I eat. If I am thirsty, I find a sink or water fountain. On rare occasions we cannot find food or water, but usually within the hour we find a way to curb our hunger or quench our thirst. Most of the world does not live like that. There are 842 million people suffering from hunger on a daily basis and 783 million people do not have access to safe drinking water (Statistics from Catholic Relief Services, 2013). These people feel hungry and that is what they have to cope with until there is food available. Severe hunger pangs may have become even intolerable by that point. One young woman shared her childhood story of what it felt like to be hungry:   I...

The Jubilee for Priests

In an interview conducted by the Director of Civiltà Cattolica Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, the Holy Father Pope Francis defines himself as a sinner looked upon with mercy by God. I think that each one of us, could say the same thing about oneself; still more each priest could find in it his essence; the call of God is mysterious and at the same time the result of mercy; who would dare to take the credit and dignity of his own vocation?  Everything in the life of the priest speaks of mercy. His ministry aims to produce and multiply mercy. How many times have we heard that the priest in the confessional has to let people experience mercy? Has by any chance the teaching of the Church changed, since not much is said of God’s justice (and even less of His...