That's not just about 'next-door neighbors:' We're supposed to see everybody as our neighbor. (Matthew 5:43-44; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:25-30; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1825)
Practical LoveThinking nice thoughts about our neighbors is - nice. But we're supposed to have a practical sort of love. Among other things, we've got a mandate to make society better. (Catechism, 1928-1942) And I've been over that before. (September 13, 2011)
In the long term, I think folks living in the Sahel will be as ready to deal with natural disasters as Texans.1 But learning new ways of running their cultures will, in my opinion, take generations.
In the short term, folks living in the Sahel and elsewhere desperately need food and other supplies. That sort of problem can be dealt with swiftly, but somebody needs to make resources available. Preferably, a lot of 'somebodies.' Which is why I'm putting links to CRS (Catholic Relief Services) in this post.
Charity is important:
"Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God."I've been over that before. (November 25, 2011)
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1822)
Like I've said before, believing in God is good. So is acting as if God matters:
- Work as in "faith and works"
- It's important
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1368)
- It's important
- "Productive" work that's closer to the 'work ethic'
- Not WorkingAugust 1, 2011)
- "My Take on the News: East Africa Drought; Cotabato, Two and a Half Years Later"
(February 3, 2012)
- "Charity in Truth: Freedom, Responsibility, and God"
(January 30, 2012)
- "Talents, 'the Outer Darkness,' and Interest-Bearing Bank Accounts"
(November 23, 2011)
- "Hope, Joy, and Working for a Better World"
(September 13, 2011)
- "Drought, Ethiopia, Texas, and Charity"
(August 9, 2011)