downloadable PDF: Women of Faith Resources October 2019
by Margaret Felice in A Book of Grace-filled Days
“The paradox of prayer is that we have to learn how to pray while we can only receive it as a gift.” (p. 308) (Quote from Henri Nouwen in Reaching Out)
“If you have a deep longing, share it with the One who desires to be your closest friend.” (p. 313)
“No matter the limits of our bodies, we are part of a love that is limitless.” (p. 316)
Featured Day: October 17 – International Day for Poverty Eradication
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is a global observance and not a public holiday. The 2019 Theme is: “Acting together to empower children, their families, and communities to end poverty.” The commemoration of this day highlights how we can achieve greater social participation by enabling people from all walks of life to gather together in order to respect the human rights and dignity of people living in poverty. Essential to the observances of this day is the presence of children and young people the world over. This recognizes the valuable role of children in sharing their personal experiences and struggles to overcome poverty.
Every child has the right to a standard of living that will foster physical, mental, spiritual, and social development. Poverty impedes such development and can lead to lower income and poor health in adulthood. People in positions of responsibility and power are legally and morally bound to protect and promote the rights of children, as well as to address the discriminations experienced by the girl child.
For additional Information on the International Day for Poverty Eradication:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.
What can you do?
Various non-government organizations and community charities support the Day for the Eradication of Poverty by actively calling for country leaders and governments to make the fight against poverty a central part of foreign policy. Other activities may include signing “Call to action” petitions, organizing concerts and cultural events, and holding interfaith gatherings that may include a moment of silence. Also see:
Lectio Divina: Scripture and prayer for meditating
Read the following selections a first time. What word or words call out to you? Read the selection a second time. Ask the words or words calling to you: “What is it you want to say to me today?”
Quotes Calling us to Eradicate Poverty:
“The time has come for religious leaders to cooperate more effectively in the work of healing wounds, resolving conflicts and pursuing peace. We must be peacemakers, and our communities must be schools of respect and dialogue with those of other ethnic or religious groups, places where we learn to overcome tensions, foster just and peaceful relations between peoples and social groups, and build a better future.” – Pope Francis
“When somebody is doing actions you don’t like, the spiritual solution is to do what you can to stop them, but you do it in such a way that you do not reject the person. You reject the action, but not the person” – Ram Dass
For Spiritual Reading and Spiritual Listening
Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together: During a Global Conference on the topic in Abu Dhabi, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb, signed a Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.
No Place Like Home: A podcast that gets to the “Heart of Climate Change Through Personal Stories” is hosted by Mary Anne Hitt and Anna Jane Joyner. It is produced by Zach Mack.
Reshaping Haiti Through Music – CEI’s Music Instruction Program: Creative Exchanges Initiative shows how music programs can change lives and develop self reliance.
Songs About Poverty by Sally Fronsman-Cecil.
Concert for a Sustainable Planet: The concert was presented by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in 2017. Live stream presented by Ryan D’Herde of D’Herde East. The concert features a guest appearance by Yo-Yo Ma.
Visio Divina: Art for Prayer and Meditation
“Visual images are another doorway to sacred awareness. They can touch into our desire to grow in intimacy with God. So, we encourage one another to let ourselves be touched by the colors, shapes, figures and symbols that capture our attention most as we are praying. While gazing at an image ~ a painting, a photo, an icon, a sculpture, a piece of pottery … something may leap out at us, calling our attention to something of God just waiting to reveal itself to us.”
(Ideas inspired by Christine Valters Paintner and Betsey Beckman in their book, Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction. See also Abbey of the Arts.)
As you reflect on this poster, how do you feel inside of yourself as you pray with it? How can we hold children in poverty in our hands?
t may be hard for us to imagine lines of children waiting for the only meal they may eat today. Let us to bring to prayer children in poverty the world over who may never have enough to eat. We can also search online how we can alleviate poverty and provide food for the poor.
After praying with this photo, you are invited to go to the above link from UNESCO. There, you will discover other publications on poverty related themes.
Plan to celebrate the 2019 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Facebook: Go to Facebook and type in International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. There, you will find much information and inspiration on celebrating the day with others. Or try this Facebook link.
Suggestions to broaden knowledge and deepen a spirituality of poverty
Poverty: A Corporate Creation & Ratio Controls For Eradication: Corporate Responsibility for Poverty Eradication (Socio-Economic Development Acceleration) by Dr Viswanatha Subramaniam , CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
On Earth as It Is in Heaven: A Faith-Based Toolkit for Economic Justice by Eric Atcheson, Church Pub Inc., 2020 (available in April)
Insights from Reading the Bible with the Poor, by Crystal L. Hall, Fortress Press, October 2019.
Poverty Inc., a Gary Null Production, published January, 2019. This YouTube film features interviews with economists, politicians, journalists, philosophers, and people living in poverty. The film is a wake-up call on economic realities in our country and in our world.
The Families Forced Into Homelessness: No Place to Call Home, (a poverty documentary), published by Real Stories in March, 2019. We see two families suffering from evictions until they finally have homes they can call their own.
From the Leadership Team of Gatherings for Women of Faith
May this International Day for Poverty Eradication call us to pray for sustainability and right living for all peoples, all nations, and all religions everywhere!