6 thoughts on “Defining Poverty in Toronto

  1. Friar Rick,

    I’m surprised to see the quote from Bl. Mother Theresa made it in there. Thanks for including the unborn in your comments. They truly are the most forgotten in our society. We can see the homeless and decide to help or not to help. But those who fall victim to abortion are never known but to God.
    By the way has Mother Theresa officialy been made a Saint. My mother always said she was a Saint when I was growing up. I believe she is as well. You refered to her as one so I’m wondering if I missed the announcement?

  2. Canada provides her citizens with adequate food, fairly decent shelter, as well as clothing which is available free or at minimal cost. In addition we have free basic education and medical care. When we add the range of private, faith based and public programs to ill in the gaps, we can say that in context with the rest of the world, our country provides a good quality of life.

    I’m surprised and dismayed that not one person in this survey touched upon the the greatest poverty in Canada which is the widespread spiritual poverty of Canadians who have en masse abandoned their Chirstian spiritual roots. Canadians are spiritually impoverished due to their excessive materialism, a pervasive culture of entertainment and distraction, and a moral relativism where the satisfaction of the ego’s desires is the yardstick of morality. In our culture where the gospel has been progressively squelched out of the public square, the radical poverty of the Franciscans can certainly provide witness and be a living example and antidote to spiritual poverty.

    My understanding is that the first mission of the Church is to address spiritual poverty and offer Jesus Christ’s salvation and eternal life. The “lack of stuff” poverty should be the focus of government agencies and NGOs. The Church does indeed feed, house and provide medical care for the poor but this is not a goal in itself but is integrated in the context of the whole gospel message of charity, love and salvation.

  3. Michael,
    I agree with you but I don’t think that was the aim of the article.
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    It must be the first priority for all world religions. We must address poverty’s root causes with mercy, but without fear.
    HILTZ, MOST REV. FRED PRIMATE, Anglican Church of Canada

    Since the time of St. Francis of Assisi in the 12th century, Franciscans have sought to be poor themselves and to stand in solidarity with the poor.
    (plus examples and comparisons)
    RICCIOLI, FRIAR RICK ST. BONAVENTURE’S PARISH, a Catholic Franciscan order

    For us as Jews, the imperative to respond to the devastating impact of hunger around the world is not only intensified by the physical deprivation that so many are experiencing, but also a profound moral and spiritual crisis that cannot continue.
    ZEVIT, RABBI SHAWN ISRAEL CONSULTANT

  4. Michael, you have a very good point, but I am wondering if we can really dichotomized the physical and the spiritual type of salvation. I prefer to view salvation as ‘total” so that the Church to whatever capacity has to respond the total person’s needs. It is here the “Social Ministry” of the Church makes sense as a kind of “Spirituality” which gushes out from our “deep faith”/ or loving relationship with the Lord. St. Francis of Assisi himself did this during his life time. It is also my individual ministry wherever I maybe when a” need” arises in front of me.

    Jesus shows it to us very clearly in the Gospel of St. Mt. 25:35-40.

  5. To the impoverished emergency help (food, clothing) is available by calling The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at the Catholic Church nearest their residence.

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