113 – “It is essential to draw near to new forms of poverty and vulnerability, in which we are called to recognize the suffering Christ”

The Church has always faithfully exercised her mission of caring for those in need. The times have changed, but the same difficulties always present themselves with new aspects. Vice has always degraded human beings, earlier gambling and alcohol were key problems, today having lost none of their detrimental character, they have had to yield the first place to drugs… And an unending list of other vices plague us.

The Church has performed true marvels in its work in favor of the unfortunate, offering multiple opportunities for them to better their lives. But, above all, the Church has always been concerned about the most necessary element of human life: finding God and living according to his commandments. It is an edifying deed to accompany an elderly person, but leading someone from the darkness of error to live the life of grace deserves even greater admiration. This is what the Church has done with innumerable souls who have benefitted from its truly charitable works. Venerable Matt Talbot, an Irish alcoholic rescued from his vice, and Saint Bakhita, a poor African slave, liberated from the yoke of oppression, are both examples of this triumph. The Church not only liberated them from physical misery, but also from the worst of evils: the slavery of sin.

The works of mercy should always be oriented in accordance with this affirmation of Our Lord: ‘What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?’ Is this the care that Francis proposes in relation to most unfortunate? Does he seek to foment a ‘pastoral ministry’ that merely cares for people’s bodies, or does he seek a more profound transformation, the sanctification of souls?

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

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I – The Church never failed to show concern for all forms of poverty
II – For Christ to dwell in souls, the state of grace is indispensable
III – It is necessary to give dignity to those who suffer and not demean those evangelized
IV – The good of souls is the most important aspect of evangelizing activity


I – The Church never failed to show concern for all forms of poverty


John Paul II

The whole tradition of the Church bears witness of love for the poor
For centuries the Church has cared for those in most need

Pius XII

Never did the Church lack missionaries who labored tirelessly to make brothers of the natives and the slaves
The universal and benevolent activity of the Church on behalf of migrants and exiles

Leo XIII

The Church has consistently provided aid for the needy
The Church dignifies the poor

Gregory XVI

The Church even benefited those in distant lands

II – For Christ to dwell in souls, the state of grace is indispensable


Sacred Scripture

In order to be clothed with Christ, one must be baptized

Saint Augustine of Hippo

The members of the Church: we are made not only Christians, but Christ
God does not inhabit in all men
God does not inhabit all: sin makes one distant from Him

Saint John Chrysostom

Baptism makes us brothers of Christ…

Benedict XVI

…but there are those who have totally destroyed their desire for truth

III – It is necessary to give dignity to those who suffer, and not to demean the one who evangelizes


Pius XII

In the assistance of those in need, those higher up in the social structure have a greater responsibility
The Church calls people to a higher culture and a better way of life
The Pontiff demonstrates love for Negroes by inaugurating a seminary for them

John Paul II

The Church forms consciences by revealing the grandeur of man created in God’s image and loved by him

Leo XIII

The Church is preoccupied with the spiritual concerns of her children but does not neglect their temporal and earthly interests

John XXIII

The Church is preoccupied with the spiritual concerns of her children but does not neglect their temporal and earthly interests

IV – The good of souls is the most important aspect of evangelizing activity


Benedict XVI

It is not enough to care for the body, we must adorn the soul with the divine gifts acquired through Baptism
The Church’s charitable activity is not just another form of social assistance

John Paul II

The best service we can offer to our brother is evangelization

John XXIII

Do not forget the neediest and the most contagious sick: sinners

Pius XII

Pastoral attention so that immigrants may overcome hardships and validly receive the sacraments

Pius X

The primary duty of charity does not lie in the toleration of false ideas

Pius IX

Real charity: to snatch people from the darkness of error and lead them back to Catholic truth

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

A fatal error: the temptation to postpone evangelization giving preference to sharing bread
Jesus wished to call the excluded to conversion

Saint Francis de Sales

The Apostles preferred to feed souls with the Bread of Life than to minister to the material wants of the poor

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