The attached November Voice of the Poor newsletter illustrates the status of some of the critical issues currently being debated, which impact the people we serve: SNAP, Healthcare /Medicaid expansion, Immigration Reform.
These three complex and controversial issues, have seen Vincentians across the country engaged in Congressional visits, e-mail or letter writing and other type of advocacy. Well-funded and determined opposing forces, have been successful so far in preventing common sense solutions towards a more just society, where each person has available what is needed for a truly human life, including food, clothing, heath care, education and culture.
As we continue to remind our legislators of the Common Good with a preferential option for the poor, we need to feel confident that perseverance will eventually pay off. To be an effective Voice of the Poor, it is important that we continue to use non-partisan language to avoid alienating those persons who would otherwise be open to the substance of our message.
It is also important that more Vincentians understand that the work of the Society includes both charity and justice, as explained by Joan Delaney in her article. More Vincentians are welcome to join in this ministry of advocacy. The article by Paul Starkey well describes the steps necessary to revitalize Voice of the Poor in our conferences.
Finally, with so much to do and with such complex issues, how do we use well our limited energies? For this, Edit Stein helps us understand that it is only through prayer and daily conversation with God that we can receive His assistance, guidance and grace, so that we will be able to carry out our public ministry, showing kindness, goodness and respect for all.
God bless you,
Volunteer - Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Tucson Diocesan Council
Voice of the Poor - Western Region Representative