Doing what the saints did.
At first I thought this article would be about the recyclers of Cateura, Paraguay. In 2013 the late Bob Simon did a report for 60 Minutes on this community or village, built on a garbage dump. That story here.
This story is about another garbage dump just outside Las Pinas city, Philippines. From Mystic Post blog:
Fr. Ricky Alcantara Sosm, of The Sacred Order of Saint Michael the Archangel in the PHILIPPINES has asked us to please pray for the children under his care. This Sunday Fr. Ricky Alcantara Sosm will bless and dedicate a new chapel inside a garbage dumpsite.
For a number of years Fr. Ricky organized a program to feed the families and children who began to settle inside the dump site located in Las Pinas city. Today there are 180 familes and over 300 children. - Amazing Priest
I bet Fr. Ricky doesn't spend a lot of time online.
This is what the saints did - they went to the people most in need, who did not have the sacraments or beautiful churches. St. Vincent De Paul ministered to galley slaves, as did Peter Claver. The Missionaries of Charity live among the poorest of the poor in whatever country they are in - simple, bare essentials are all they possess - dependent upon Divine Providence, no fundraising, no other business than ministering to the poor and being united to Christ in the Eucharist in the midst of the marginalized and rejected.
Oh men, how long will you love vanity, and seek after falsehood? - Psalm 4
Cardinal Bergoglio, Mass on a simple table in Buenos Aires slum.
It is strange how many Catholics, so afraid of the devil and the Antichrist and worried about their money and property and income, seem to think priests and popes and bishops who go out to the peripheries to minister and care for the untouchables are communists and heretics and dedicated to destroying the Church and the liturgy and sacraments. I don't get it. Pope Francis calls priests to go out among the people most in need of mercy - yet he is condemned for that.
Blessed Pope Paul VI visiting the
slums of Tondo, Manila.