The worldwide financial roller coaster of the past few weeks has caused legitimate concern and even outright panic among many Americans. Still, now more than ever, the less fortunate among us must not become victims of this unprecedented fiscal turmoil that has touched numerous households in the Archdiocese of Newark.
While most of us are worried about the value of our stocks, bonds and retirement funds, the poor have far more basic and immediate needs: a roof over their heads; warm clothing for the approaching winter; and their next meal.
An understandable reaction among those whose investments have been battered to a degree unimaginable just a short time ago is to cutback on spending. Too often giving to archdiocesan charities and similar vital programs is on the top of the list when it comes to conserving funds. Bad idea!
The best program to help the poor can do nothing if it does not have the dollars to keep functioning.
While watching the family budget is indeed a responsible reaction, remember that there are those in much more dire straits. Giving to the poor now will be a significant sacrifice but it will make doing so that much worthwhile and pleasing in God’s eyes.