January is Poverty Awareness Month
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USSCB) has dedicated January as Poverty Awareness Month and in raising this awareness the Bishops remind us that Pope Francis calls us to be a “…Church which is poor and for the poor.” To raise this awareness the USCCB offers the following:
- poverty-awareness-month-calendar. This calendar offers a daily activity and reflection.
- poverty-awareness-month-calendar-full. This PDF has related spiritual reflections and challenges.
As an example the reflection and challenge for today, January 8th is the following:
Reflection: Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. Through our Baptism we share in Christ’s mission of love and service as the people of God. “The holy people of God shares also in Christ’s prophetic office; it spreads abroad a living witness to Him, especially by means of a life of faith and charity and by offering to God a sacrifice of praise” (Lumen Gentium, no. 12). This mission and grace we receive through Baptism requires us to follow in Christ’s footsteps “to bring glad tidings to the poor…proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18).
Challenge: Read the short reflection, Baptism: Incorporated into Christ’s Body, Sent on Christ’s Mission and reflect on how you can live out your baptismal call to imitate Christ’s mission in Luke 4:18. Visit the We are Salt and Light website to learn about advocacy.
To learn more about Poverty USA and the issue of poverty here in America please take the following Poverty USA tour: