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The poor as the new elite

The poor as the new elite

By Fr. Roy Cimagala THE poor is actually all of us, since all of us are in need of God. That’s how poverty should be understood in its strictest sense. That’s why Christ put as the first beatitude those who are “poor in spirit” because they are the ones who acknowledge their poverty with regard […]

The Poor: Vision of the Philippine Church

Fr. James H. Kroeger, MM THE Church in the Philippines seriously attempted to take the wisdom of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and integrate it into the vision and life of the local Church through the month-long Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (1991). The PCP-II document contains pivotal insights on what it means to […]

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The Poor: Gospel Perspectives and Challenges

By Fr. James Kroeger WHEN Pope Francis visited the Philippines in January 2015, he straightforwardly stated: “The poor are at the center of the Gospel.” How accurate the Pope’s words are! For example, Jesus warns his disciples against the real dangers of riches (Mt 6:19-21; Lk 8:14); he also invites those who wish to follow […]

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Priestly spirit of poverty

By Fr. Roy Cimagala IT’S nice to know that many dioceses in the country are adopting the so-called Standard Living Allowance (SLA) plan for their priests and, of course, their bishops. It’s an effort to take care of the basic needs and sustenance of the clergy whatever their pastoral assignments and personal conditions may be. […]

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Why Serve the Poor: Three Perspectives

By Fr. James H. Kroeger, M.M. MOTHER Teresa. Saint John Paul II called Mother Teresa of Calcutta “an icon of the service to life which the Church is offering in Asia” (EA 7). We can draw insight and inspiration from her life-witness and poignant words: “We read in the Gospel that Jesus Christ came into […]

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Oscar Romero, Saint of the Poor

By Fr. James H. Kroeger, MM RECENTLY, on May 23, 2015, Oscar Romero, the martyred Archbishop of San Salvador in Central America, was beatified, setting him on the path to sainthood. Earlier on February 3, 2015 Pope Francis had officially declared Oscar Romero, murdered on March 24, 1980, a martyr of the Catholic faith. Romero […]

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The “Poor” Jesus and His Teaching

By Fr. James Kroeger, M.M. JESUS of Nazareth, as portrayed in the Gospels, is a poor man. Though he belonged to a family that was not poor (Joseph, his legal father, was a skilled laborer), Jesus and his parents encountered several situations wherein they faced the same life circumstances as the poor. The Holy Family […]

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The “Poor” Jesus and His Teaching

By Fr. James H. Kroeger, MM JESUS of Nazareth, as portrayed in the Gospels, is a poor man. Though he belonged to a family that was not poor (Joseph, his legal father, was a skilled laborer), Jesus and his parents encountered several situations wherein they faced the same life circumstances as the poor. The Holy […]

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Life in the fringes

Living among the dead By Sr. Pinky Barrientos, FSP ….The worst discrimination which the poor suffer is the lack of spiritual care. The great majority of the poor have a special openness to the faith; they need God and we must not fail to offer them his friendship, his blessing, his word, the celebration of […]

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Old Testament Perspectives on the Poor

By Fr. James H. Kroeger, M.M. MANY books in the Old Testament pay significant attention to the poor. The book of DEUTERONOMY calls upon the Israelites, who have the means, to assist the poor, relieve their burdens, and seek to combat the causes of poverty. The first step in alleviating poverty is for the wealthy […]

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