Poverty: Responding Like Jesus (Paperback)

Poverty: Responding Like Jesus By Kenneth R. Himes, OFM (Editor), Conor M. Kelly (Editor), Church in the 21st Century Center (Contributions by) Cover Image

Poverty: Responding Like Jesus (Paperback)

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The poor will always be with you, Jesus said – but that doesn’t mean Christians have ever figured out how to be with the poor.
 
Pope Francis has emphasized a vision of a “Church that is poor and for the poor.” But growing economic inequality continues to spread across the globe. This book takes a fresh look at the role of churches, and individual Christians, in relating to poverty and the poor among them. A strong focus is placed on the biblical and theological roots of the Church’s commitment to care for the poor.
 
At times praised as a virtue and blessed as a condition, poverty easily confuses us, and we are often left doing little to nothing to make a difference with and for the poor. As a social evil and a burden, poverty has elicited many kinds of reactions among the followers of Christ. It is time for Christians to figure out what to do about it.
 
Contributors include Pope Francis, Pheme Perkins, Sandra M. Schneider, and Thomas Massaro SJ.
Kenneth R. Himes, OFM is a Catholic theologian, currently teaching theology at Boston College. He earned his PhD at Duke University in religion and public policy.

Conor M. Kelly earned his PhD at Boston College and currently teaches theology at Marquette University. He’s passionate about the connection between moral theology and applied ethics.
Product Details ISBN: 9781612616827
ISBN-10: 1612616828
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: May 25th, 2018
Pages: 128
Language: English
“This book provides a wonderful, provocative theological framework for those of us who minister among our most vulnerable sisters and brothers. For anyone who regularly looks into the eyes of suffering, this book offers context, hope, and inspiration.” —Donna Markham OP, President and CEO, Catholic Charities USA
 
“This clear and penetrating collection points the reader to the way that Jesus took—straight to the poor. The authors challenge us to see, hear, and think differently about the meanings of poverty, and to love passionately those whom Jesus loved—the poor.” —Professor M. Shawn Copeland, author of Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being
 
“As a good Franciscan, Ken Himes knows poverty from the inside and has taught well his student Conor Kelly. Here they draw together rich resources that call all of us to the poverty we need, and to resist needless poverty. Don’t read this without a pen or highlighter in your hand. And don’t read it by yourself. This is no armchair spirituality of poverty—this is congregational action plan material!” —Thomas H. Groome, author of What Makes Us Catholic, Sharing Faith, and many other books