When reflecting on current events or issues in our community and beyond, it is often helpful to look for examples of both charity and justice, and opportunities to exhibit both. Works of charity provide direct service, food, clothing, and other basic needs, while justice seeks to find large-scale solutions to the root causes of social, systemic problems.
Social Ministry at St. Vincent’s offers us an opportunity to engage in acts of charity through the Meals Program, food pantry, or other programs that provide for important needs. We also have the opportunity to search for the root causes of hunger, poverty, and oppression in our community so that we can seek justice for our guests and friends. Both are essential components of our responsibility to our neighbors.