Steak & Godly Intimacy: Poverty Plus Personal Perspectives

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In different ways, a few Patheos Catholic bloggers have been talking about poverty, and from a personal point of view, and all unplanned.It started off with Rebecca Lane Frech thinking back on the paradoxical freedoms and intimacies that came with being short of money, when she and her family had to lean on others, who in turn leaned on them:When we were poor, we shared and there was a joy in sharing. I can remember the phone calls to my friend S where I would say “Payday is tomorrow a … [Read more...]

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Poverty, Paradoxical Prosperity and the Super Bowl

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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of chatting with Jen Fulwiler on her radio show.We covered a lot of ground in 18 minutes, in particular touching on a topic that deserves some lively thought -- assuming one ever has time to think -- on the paradox of good intentions: we in the church serve the poor and advocate for them. We devise programs and policies meant to lift people out of poverty and into prosperity, and when we are very successful at it, then as a church we suffer.We suffer … [Read more...]

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Where Government Drops Ball, People Must Take Up

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This is one of those stories that makes you feel good about one human being seeing and hearing and helping another human being, but it also frustrates, because long-term answers are not forthcoming.When she asked if she had paid for all the food she was carrying, Robles confessed that she hadn't."I asked her, 'Why would you do that? What would make you do that?'" [Officer] Thomas told WSVN. "And she said, 'My children are hungry.'"Thomas pulled her aside and checked her criminal … [Read more...]

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