The Saints Inspire Us and Maybe Even Congress

The Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints today, November 1. As we honor all of the saints, we are in awe of God’s powerful work in their lives.

Less awe-inspiring, but still a positive sign, members of Congress met this week for two very important conference committee negotiations: the Farm Bill and the Budget. The Budget committee is tasked with creating a compromise budget blueprint for the rest of the fiscal year 2014 that also includes spending levels for poverty-focused international assistance. Among many other important interventions, this assistance makes available vaccinations for children, health care for pregnant women and nursing mothers, and basic education programs for poor and vulnerable populations around the world possible.

Meanwhile the Farm Bill committee must come up with a compromise bill that reauthorizes farm and nutrition programs for the next five years. A great deal is stake in these negotiations because the Farm Bill includes programs that support our brothers and sisters who are hungry here at home and overseas. Your prayers are needed to help guide Members of Congress through tough negotiations in order to bring about legislation that promotes human life and dignity and supports the common good.

As the committees continue their work over the next few weeks, we will keep you posted on their developments.

Until next week, we leave you with a prayer that inspires us:
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
— St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)

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