Check out today’s Saturday Star in Toronto. Stuart Laidlaw has a prepared an article on poverty in the city and asked various people in the community, including this blogger, about their views. Thanks to the Archdiocese of Toronto who recommended me for this article. Here’s what I contributed. I am pleasantly surprised to see that they didn’t edit out the more challenging part of the quote.
FRIAR RICK ST. BONAVENTURE’S PARISH, a Catholic Franciscan order :
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. Voluntary poverty is a decision to imitate Christ, who emptied himself of Glory in order to embrace our human condition. Franciscan poverty then, is living a life free from attachments and dependent on God. FranciscansInternational.org, our presence at the UN, defines involuntary poverty as a total lack of options in the civil, political, social, economic, cultural and relational aspects of life. Poverty is a fundamental human rights violation. Poverty is not just “out there.” St. Theresa of Calcutta challenged our affluent society’s crocodile tears about poverty when she said: “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”