When people come to you for help, do not turn them off with pious words, saying have faith and take your troubles to God. Act instead as though there were no God as though there were only one person in the world who could help – only yourself.
When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.
Bishop Helder Camara
History will judge societies and governments and their institutions not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and powerful but how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others and if we can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
We are the nation the most powerful, the most armed and we are supplying arms and money to the rest of the world where we are not ourselves fighting. We are eating while there is famine in the world.
The Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.
Peace begins when the hungry are fed.
I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.
Who will excuse us before God for the loss of such a great number of people, who could be saved by the slight assistance we could give them?
Vincent de Paul
In the first centuries of Christianity, the hungry were fed at personal sacrifice, the naked were clothed at a personal sacrifice, the homeless were sheltered at a personal sacrifice… and the pagans used to say about the Christians, ‘See how they love each other.’ In our own day, the poor are no longer fed, clothed and sheltered at personal sacrifice but at the expense of the taxpayers. And because of this, the pagans say about the Christians, ‘See how they pass the buck.’
Our job is to love others with stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
The next time you see someone on the street, don’t pass them by. Say hello, ask them how they’re doing, get them something to eat. Just tell them that you care. Tell them that they are human beings. And I think that’s what I would ask of anyone.
Two of the greatest hungers in our world today are the hunger for spirituality and the hunger for social change. The connection between the two is the one the world is waiting for, especially the new generation. And the first hunger will empower the second.
Debt relief means very little to a starving child who needs food now.
Life is a perspective and for me, if a human being has access to school, clean water, food, proper health care, that is the basis of human rights.
Without food, man can live at most a few weeks; without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless.