A person’s prayer is pleasing to God when it is accompanied by a life of service to the poor, Pope Francis said.
‘Prayer to God and solidarity with the poor and suffering are inseparable,’ he wrote in his message for the World Day of the Poor, which will be marked on 15th November.
‘In order to perform an act of worship acceptable to the Lord, we have to recognise that each person, even the poorest and most contemptible, is made in the image of God,’ he said in the message, which was released by the Vatican on 13th June.
For the theme of the 2020 day dedicated to making Catholics aware of the charity and solidarity demanded by faith in Jesus, Pope Francis chose a line from the Book of Sirach: ‘Stretch forth your hand to the poor.’
The message included a reflection on how many people stretched out a helping hand, even at the risk of their personal safety, during the coronavirus pandemic. And how the pandemic has or should have made people aware of the fragility of life, the precariousness of their jobs and connections with others and about how little their normal busyness and patterns of consumption really matter.
Picture: A file photo shows volunteers in protective masks giving food to low-income people at a soup kitchen in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Catholic Church will mark the World Day of the Poor on 15th November. (CNS photo/Agustin Marcarian, Reuters).