Living our faith means building a society that values all people. We experience true joy by being in right relationship with God, each other, and creation. Catholic Social Teaching reminds us that each person has inherent dignity, which includes having their basic needs met. We identify injustice by recognizing the inequities between those with greater and fewer economic resources.
Jesus teaches that our salvation depends on how we as a society treat the least among us (Mt. 25). Through encounter with one another, the rich and the poor together encounter the joy of the Gospel and are mutually transformed.
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God wants each of us to be happy and healthy, and relies on us to take care of one another. Everyone deserves to have enough food to eat, a safe home to live in, and a community that cares for them. Jesus asks us to treat each other as we would like to be treated. When we do not have what we need, we want people to look out for us. When we see that people do not have what they need, we show them love by helping meet those needs.