Wednesday, May 25, 2011

God is so close, in fact, that God even hears the desires of our hearts.
~St. Vincent Ferrer

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others." - St. Augustine

Monday, May 23, 2011

Collateral Repair Project: Exploitation to Desperation

Collateral Repair Project: Exploitation to Desperation

Please read the blog post above if you would like to know more about the Collateral Repair Project. At this moment, they are hoping to raise $1,000 in 10 days to help the many Iraqi families who have no food.

Here's what they had to say:
This is an emergency food drive with a small goal, to raise $1,000 in 10 days, so that we can provide “survival packages” to Iraqi refugee families who are hungry now.

If you would like to donate, please go here:
or join the event on Facebook:!/event.php?eid=228471023834569
Will you help?

Poverty Porn

Pray not for lighter burdens but for stronger backs.
~Theodore Roosevelt

Have you ever heard the term "poverty porn" before?  I was reading an article and a woman said that she had made a documentary about, I believe, Tanzania.  When she showed it at her church, her pastor was furious - these children were in GAP clothes!  And they were smiling!  He said that she was trying to scam them - obviously these children were fine.  Of course, the clothes were donated from U.S. stores, but he saw what they were wearing and assumed that they were fine and, possibly, even lying.

I know this feeling though, even if it's shameful for me to admit it.  When my husband and I went to South Africa, I remember sitting in a house that had a television and thinking, "They can't be that poor if they have a TV."  But they have to, essentially, steal the electricity for it.  And they can't feed themselves or their children.  

I could imagine then the thought that, "If you can't feed your children, you shouldn't have a TV."

I've been reading a lot about Iraqi refugees and a group that helps them: Collateral Repair Project.  One of the women who runs the group had posted on Facebook that a woman had given meat to some of the refugees.  She asked vegetarians not to post on this.  She also made this comment:

I have also had people tell me straight out that Iraqis "should not" be having more children while living in such circumstances and I cringe, thinking 'how dare we who have killed the children they had and destroyed the lives they had where they could easily afford to have as many children as they wanted, how dare we tell them now that they should not have children because they cannot afford them?'

And really, they're right.

I sit and talk with a woman who sits outside of a Starbucks in Manhattan.  She has a home and she gets food stamps, but it's not enough to support her and her husband.  So she sits out and begs.  She hates it, but she can't make it through the month without doing it.  They have a very well-kept dog.  A woman today bent over and went to hand the woman $3 and then pulled her hand back and said, "Is that dog well-fed?"  Others have yelled epithets at her when they see she has a cell phone.  Her cell phone is part of the Assurance program, where people on food stamps and medicare can have a cell phone with 200 free minutes per month.  When they see she has a cell phone, they swear at her and call her a liar.

It's easy to look at a person and tell them that they should pull themselves up from their boot straps or to think that they are not as bad off as they seem.  A smiling child does not mean that child doesn't live in extreme poverty.  The Old Testament tells us not to judge between a rich person and a poor person.  Do not favor either, but love all people.  I'm still working on it, but I'm hoping to work towards it.

The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
Luke 10:37

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"Life is short. Be swift to love! Make haste to be kind!" - Henri Amiel
I'm sorry I haven't posted much lately.  I really do have things to say!  But I'm trying to pray more and I've been getting into some books.  So soon, I'll post pictures of creme brulee french toast and rainbow cake.  But for now, you'll have to just listen to someone else's words.

Monday, May 9, 2011

If you haven't any charity in your heart,
you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
~Bob Hope

Monday, May 2, 2011

I Don't Want To Rejoice

43 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

I'm having a hard time with the Osama bin Laden news. I went to bed super early last night, so I didn't even know that it had happened until early this morning. My friend had a status on Facebook that said, "I don't want to rejoice any person's death." I checked the news and saw the headline "Justice Is Done. Osama bin Laden is dead." And a picture of people cheering around the World Trade Center.

My first thought was that justice was done. But then I started to think about the American concept of justice and the Biblical concept of justice. What Osama bin Laden did was evil, but I still don't want to rejoice in his death. It is making me turn towards myself and see the sin I carry. It makes me want to make the world more beautiful with God's love.

So I'm going to try and pray for him. Love my enemy as best I can.