A sense of urgency is what the May 2013 Voice of the Poor newsletter is trying to convey. With so many critical bills and decisions pending in Congress and at State Legislatures, there is “NO TIME LIKE NOW to be the Voice of the Poor.
The life of the people we serve will be severely impacted if the basic Catholic principles of the “Common Good” and “Preferential Option for the Poor” are not at the center of current political decisions. Only the stories of poverty and suffering that we hear during “home visits” can counter political favoritism and ideology. We have to bring those stories to the attention of our legislators and make them understand that the life of real people is at stake.
Whether saving programs impacted by sequestration, or expanding Medicaid, or passing Immigration Reform, there is “no time like now” to make our voices heard. We need to act with urgency and persistence!
For our founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, urgency was essential, as you can feel from the bicentennial video (link on page 12). The sense of urgency was reiterated by Sheila Gilbert, our National President, at the Parish Social Ministry conference. Our Diocesan Council President, Dan Torrington, has similar words “Let it not be said that for the want of our voice the battle for the expansion of medical care for the poor was lost. Let it not be said that for the want of our voice the battle for reasonable solution for the problem of immigration was lost. Speak now!”
On a different but related theme, the first article of the newsletter talks about transforming life, communities and society, which is indeed our ultimate goal, and it offers practical example of empowerment, leading to Systemic Change.
Please let me know your comments and suggestions.
Tucson Diocesan Council
Western Region Voice of the Poor Representative