Sitting with God in prayer is an essential part of our lives. It is often more difficult to pray before situations that require our attention. Make a conscious effort to become politically aware, of local/national issues that adversely affect the poor. How can you make your voice heard?
Sometimes, perhaps unconsciously, we can treat poverty – and poor people – as a problem to be solved. We presume to have, or to be able to find, the answers. The habit of teaching others can be a trap for those committed to the service of education. As we reflect on Patricia de Quevedo RSCJ’s words, we can ask ourselves: – do we really listen to people who lack resources and connections, or only to those who have them? – what have we done to try to see reality from the perspective of those who are disadvantaged or marginalized? – what have we learnt from people suffering disadvantage and exclusion?