I have been inspired and deeply challenged in the last few months by the writings and lectures of Fr. Richard Rohr. At every turn he is forcing me to rethink things I once took for granted. Below is a repost of a recent daily devotional I received from him.
How can I be of and with the poor?
We can no longer be satisfied by simply being the Church for the poor from our position of establishment. We must realize that sometimes that very generosity, that very attempt to be good to other people, has kept us in a position of power and superiority. Somehow we must be of and with the poor, and then be ready for some mistrust and even criticism.
Dom Helder Camara (1909-1999), the holy Archbishop of Recife, Brazil, said it so truthfully, “As long as I fed the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked, ‘Why are there so many poor people?’ they called me a communist.”