In a special way, Christ calls us to care for the poor and vulnerable in our midst. While we must tend to these brothers and sisters with individual acts of charity, we must also strive to build a society where the basic needs of all can be met.
Welfare policy should reduce poverty and dependency, strengthen family life, and help families break the cycle of poverty by addressing the factors of family breakdown. It should also provide a safety net for those who cannot work.
Christ Jesus, you told us that You are present in the “least of these.” Please help us elect officials who will support policies that complement our own individual efforts to care for the poor and vulnerable. Amen.