Please click here to read a message from Pope Francis declaring the second World Day of the Poor, to be celebrated this year on Sunday, November 18th. There is not much that could be more relevant to the members of the Order of Malta. In our charism through which we strive to grow our spiritual lives, we say with mind and heart that we commit to serve the poor. And in our daily prayer, we ask for the grace and the strength to carry out our resolve to practice charity towards our neighbors, especially the poor and the sick.
We should all read the Pope’s message carefully – he is talking to us, just as Jesus was talking to us, when He said that whatever we do to these, we do to Him. We should derive great strength and commitment of purpose from the Pope’s message, reflecting as it does, the words of Jesus. We build the foundation of our Order on the daily actions we take to care for those in need, seeing Christ in each one of them and being grateful for the opportunities we have to follow His words that we know so well: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
It would be a tribute to our commitment to the Order and a renewal of our Investiture promise if we as individuals and as a group found ways to celebrate the World Day of the Poor by giving to those whom we honor as our lords, the poor and the sick. We ask each Area to consider ways that it might celebrate this important day of prayer and action, a day that runs parallel to our thoughts, our hopes and our hearts.
God bless you for all you do for the sick, the poor and in giving witness to our Faith!
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