Saturday, December 17, 2005

How the rest of the world lives

We in the prosperous (prosperissimus!) West take so many things for granted.

We also hear the petulant whines of pampered people talk about "oppression."

The headline above links to a story about what women face in many parts of the world -- in this case, Nigeria.

Shocking; but still full of hope.


winston7000 said...


Indeed it is full of hope. And the reverse of the general attitude toward the poor, which is to see them as a collective mass (i.e., the people, the less fortunate, etc.), rather than seeing the generality of the afflicting condition, but addressing each person as made in the image and likeness of God.

I receive a number of appeals from both Catholic and Protestant groups that are working on the cutting edge of pain and true destitution. Whether with abandoned orphans in Russia, those in need of fresh water in Africa--a well would often solve the problem, or the attempts at self-help and economic sufficiency, the living saints (and that is what we are all supposed to be) who work in horrendous conditions never fail to see the divine image in each man, woman and child.

In a world that is so utterly cynical and corrupt, and where donations from wealthy nations gets pocketed by the recipient governments in destitute countries, it is our Christians who give us all pause for thought both at this time of the year and always.

Thanks for the post. I have passed it on to my contacts.

May God bless you.

John Hetman
Niles, Illinois

Anonymous said...

Check out to see the wonderful work being done in Ethiopia by Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team.

Rich Leonardi said...

Poverty -- true poverty -- simply overwhelms the senses. Pieces like this leave me speechless. God bless those who follow that speechlessness with action.