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Bring Good News to the Poor- A blog

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord." 

Luke 4:18-19

It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God's Will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you-try to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it as God's will yourself!

                 -Fr. Thomas Merton

A Rosary Prayer For Paul Ryan

posted Aug 16, 2012 12:30 AM by Rhett Engelking   [ updated Aug 16, 2012 4:34 PM ]

Offer the following prayer to St. Paul for the Conversion of Representative Paul Ryan, concluding with an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.

O, St. Paul the Apostle, great convert, preacher of truth and Doctor of the Gentiles, intercede for us to God, who chose you among all men.

Many are called, O St. Paul the Apostle, but you were chosen as a preacher of truth to the whole world.

O God, You have instructed many nations through the preaching of the blessed apostle Paul. Let the power of St. Paul's intercession bring about the conversion of Representative Paul Ryan to the fullness of your Grace. Help Paul to recognize the dignity of the poor in spirit and in the poor in means. Anoint him to bring good news to the poor.

Help us who venerate St. Paul's memory this day to continually seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we work to spread your truth. AMEN

URGE Senator Kohl to Protect the "Safebox."

posted Aug 16, 2012 12:26 AM by Rhett Engelking   [ updated Aug 16, 2012 4:30 PM ]

Don’t let up in your prayers, calls, and emails to Senator Kohl – there’s still time to protect this life-saving funding!

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:

  • Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and,
  • Serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, we work with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.


Congress has delayed action on the Agriculture Appropriations bill. The good news is that this delay gives us more time to let our legislators know that cuts to food assistance will cost lives.

Congress still needs to make important decisions about how much funding to make available for international food assistance in programs like the Food for Peace initiative. The Food for Peace program supports poor and hungry communities by:

• Feeding hungry people suffering from natural or human-made
• Feeding persistently hungry people through development programs
known as the “safe box.”

The safe box serves some of the poorest and most marginalized people
worldwide by addressing the underlying causes of persistent hunger.

We know that the Food for Peace program saves and changes lives around
the world. Despite this program’s effectiveness and success, though, the
House Agriculture Appropriations committee already slashed more than 20% of the funding for Food for Peace.As a result of this cut, up to 8.5 million people will no longer be served by Food for Peace programs. While thiscut will cost lives, we know there are Members of Congress who will try to cut the Food for Peace and other international food assistance programs even more.


U.S. Senator Herb Kohl is the chair of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for funding the life-saving programs in the Food for Peace Act. Senator Kohl must hear that his constituents support helping our brothers and sisters around the world by protecting these funds as the Senate and the House of Representatives come together to reconcile their versions of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill.


CALL or EMAIL Senator Kohl’s office and share the following message:
• Thank the Senator for not cutting funding for Food for Peace in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill.

• Let the Senator know that you’re very concerned about the provision he included in Food for Peace that would divert funds from the safe box that helps hungry people grow their own food, to emergency programs, which only pass out food. Urge him to remove this provision as the bill moves to conference.

Direct your communications to:
Phil Karsting, Chief of Staff;

Dianne Nellor, staff member for the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee;

Don’t let up in your calls and emails to Senator Kohl – there’s still time to protect this life-saving funding!


Personalizing your message will make it more effective. Feel free to use these reasons in your communications:

• Nearly 1 billion people worldwide suffer from persistent hunger, and the safe box is the only U.S.
government program that directly serves this vulnerable population.

• The safe box fights chronic hunger by helping small farmers increase agricultural production, improving basic
sanitation in poor communities, and aiding pregnant and nursing mothers and their young children.

• In the long-term, reducing persistent hunger will also reduce the need for emergency food assistance
because communities will be better able to withstand disasters.

posted Oct 19, 2009 1:40 PM by Rhett Engelking   [ updated Aug 16, 2012 12:32 AM ]

The Capuchins Run Walk for the Hungry

posted Oct 19, 2009 1:17 PM by Rhett Engelking   [ updated Aug 16, 2012 12:07 AM ]

Over 2,900 Showed up for the Capuchin Franciscans Annual Run Walk for the Hungry. The Proceeds of the race go to help feed Milwaukee's hungry. Usinger's Sausage donated nearly 3,000 pounds of product!

Results from the race and information on other Capuchin ministries out of St. Benedict the Moor Parish can be found at

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