One Million Catholics: Making Room at the Table

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Part of the misison of Operation Rice Bowl is to encourage us to learn about the causes of hunger and the people who live with hunger everyday. One place to do that is through Catholics Confront Global Poverty.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services are calling on one million Catholics in the United States to confront global poverty.

From the USCCB site: “A table is where people come together for food. For many, there is not enough food and, in some cases, no table at all.

“A table is where people meet to make decisions—in neighborhoods, nations, and the global community. Many people have no place at the table. Their voices and needs are ignored or dismissed.

“When we gather as Catholics to worship, we gather around a table to celebrate the Eucharist. It is at this altar of sacrifice that we hear the saving word of Christ and receive his Body and Blood. It is Christ’s sacrificial meal that nourishes us so that we can go forth to live the Gospel as his disciples. Too often, the call of the Gospel and the social implications of the Eucharist are ignored or neglected in our daily lives. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church insists, ‘The Eucharist commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest.'”

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