The hope of the poor shall not perish for ever
This is the title of the 3rd World Day of the Poor that is celebrated on Sunday 17 november 2019. The words of the psalm 9 express a profound truth, says the Pope in the message dedicated to this day, the truth “that faith impresses above all on the hearts of the poor, restoring lost hope in the face of injustice, sufferings and the uncertainties of life”.
Pope Francis continues in his message:
At times, very little is needed to restore hope. It is enough to stop for a moment, smile and listen. For once, let us set statistics aside: the poor are not statistics to cite when boasting of our works and projects. The poor are persons to be encountered; they are lonely, young and old, to be invited to our homes to share a meal; men women and children who look for a friendly word. The poor save us because they enable us to encounter the face of Jesus Christ.
And invite all volunteers to renew their commitment and dedication and not to stop at the first material need, but to discover the goodness that is hidden in the heart of every person.