Hope for the poor is in Christ Jesus, in their and our encounter with Him, and not in the promises of political parties or community organizations that pledge caring attention to the needs of the poor. Christ, the Good News, reveals to us ourselves and thus our real needs…needs detached from news cycles and election years. This is why Popes Paul VI, John Paul the Great, and Benedict XVI all say that the social doctrine is evangelizaton and evangelization fulfills the social doctrine.
The care of the littlest one is our responsibility, at the local level. It is not for the State to come in and usurp our authority by usurping our responsibility.
Every little act of kind attention to God’s creation can be a salvific and sanctifying act of grace…if only we could turn our hearts over to Him.
Beware those who wish to make the State the mother of all invention.
The ritual demonstrates a willingness to lose ourselves in the largeness of the thing before us. Ritual is a sign of physical solidarity with the world. Ritual is humanizing and oh so human.