Please click here to read a message from Pope Francis declaring the third World Day of the Poor, to be celebrated this year on Sunday, November 17th. 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 urge that everyone 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 and from Scripture. 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.”
Every effort should be made to provide our members with opportunities at the Area level to proclaim our commitment to the poor. As a sign of our commitment, we ask each Area to hold a special event tied to the World Day of the Poor and to provide a short write-up with photographs for our December issue of Spirituality in Action. We would like to share the December issue with the Grand Master, Grand Hospitaller and the members of the Sovereign Council to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to carry out the Charism of the Order in our lives.
This is an excerpt from a letter sent to all members by Camille Kelleher, DMOb, Hospitaller, and Kenneth Craig, KM, Vice Hospitaller.