Advent Reflection, Day 19

Refugee camp

Displaced young residents in a refugee camp in Chad. Photo by Matthew Breman/CRS

Today’s Readings

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
– Mother Teresa

Poverty is one of the greatest hurdles, one experienced by billions around the world. As Catholics, we have an obligation rooted in faith to care for the poor, and to provide justice in our structural systems that disproportionately affect the poor. As Pope John Paul II said, “Pray for peace and work for justice”. Today, we reflect on the hope for a better tomorrow, one in which discrimination and poverty are no more.

God, grant me the courage to act on behalf of the those living on the margins: through my prayer, my faith and my action. Amen.

Act: Read about teenagers crossing the Mexican border and the CRS programming that offers assistance.

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