Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem., professed solemn vows to the Community of St. Norbert Abbey in 1991. For several years, he headed the justice and peace ministry of St. Norbert Abbey and presently serves as Manager of Mission and Ministry, Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, VA. His current ministry connects him to national Catholic issues and Church ministers throughout the country.
DISCLAIMER: This blog represents Br. Herro's own opinions and experiences. It does not represent an official position or opinion of neither of the organizations, St. Norbert Abbey nor Catholic Charities USA, nor of any of the organizations' members.
December 1, 2013
Entry #22: "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours"
by Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem.
You might not believe that staff of national, faith based social action organizations are just as likely to play the “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” game as the rest of the population, but we do!
Catholic Relief Service and Catholic Charities USA, the two U.S. members of Caritas Internationalis, are seeking supporters for the campaign “One Human Family: Food for All.” Earlier this fall, I made the rounds by calling some national staff of other Catholic social action organizations to invite their support of the campaign. Patrick, the Executive Director of Franciscan Action Network, answered my pitch with, “And have you signed up for Fast For Families yet?”
“One Human Family: Food for All” will begin with individuals and groups praying at noon local time, Dec. 10, for an end to domestic and international hunger. I invite you to join our international wave of prayer; you can sign up here. You can stay current with other campaign suggestions from Catholic Charities USA by following our website.
Defeating hunger is fundamental to changing the game on national and international poverty. Patrick McCourt, a fellow parishioner of Holy Trinity Church (Washington, D.C.) and volunteer recruiter that I met while serving at a community meal program on Thanksgiving Day reminded me, “Some say that education is the path out of poverty, but if a child is fighting hunger at school, he will not learn.”
And, yes, I did sign up for Fast For Families; as a matter of fact, the 25 or so Latinos, Anglos and Blacks gathered November 29, 2013 on the National Mall to fast and pray for comprehensive immigration reform had two very special guests that day. Click here to find out more.
Archived Blog Posts
- Entry #21: "Inspirations from an hour of prayer in Washington, D.C.'s St. Matthew's Cathedral" (Archived December 3, 2013)
- Entry #20: "A victory for public will in U.S.-Syria relations" (November 4, 2013)
- Entry #19: "Mobility for whom and what?" (September 30, 2013)
- Entry #18: "What sources are influencing your position on comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S.?" (September 3, 2013)
- Entry #17: "Head to the border, but not for Taco Bell" (July 29, 2013)
- Entry #16: "Remember – they work for us" (June 28, 2013)
- Entry #15: "To insure that justice flows like water" (May 4, 2013)
- Entry #14: "Pope Francis gains early praise from Catholic social action figures" (April 10, 2013)
- Entry #13: The moral impact of sequestration (March 3, 2013)
- Entry #12: "My first U.S. Presidential Inauguration" (February 2, 2013)
- Entry #11: "Time to vigorously embrace reduction of gun violence as a Catholic pro-life issue" (January 8, 2013)
- Entry #10: "December is not too early to think about community gardens" (December 4, 2012)
- Entry #9: "Vengeance ≠ Justice" (November 5, 2012)
- Entry #8: "Is it a sin not to vote?" (October 9, 2012)
- Entry #7: "Costing monarchies and election campaigns during an international economic downturn" (September 9, 2012)
- Entry #6: "Neighborliness and the extreme summer weather of 2012" (August 4, 2012)
- Entry #5: "Eph 6: 13-17 and a first round victory for DREAMers and their advocates" (June 17, 2012)
- Entry #4: "Cultivating Joy, Gratitude and Compassion in Today's Church" (May 12, 2012)
- Entry #3: "God is Neither Red Nor Blue" (April 14, 2012)
- Entry #2: "Operation Rice Bowl Opens Doors to Understanding Global Development Issues" (March 5, 2012)
- Entry #1: "We're 27! We're 27!" (January 14, 2012)