Today marks the beginning of Caritas Internationalis’ “One Human Family, Food for All” campaign, and the UN’s National Human Rights Day. To mark this day, they – and Pope Francis – have asked the world to launch a “wave of prayer”, with people around the world praying for an end to hunger at noon local time.
This is important, not only because we should be focused on the scandal of hunger world wide, not only because it is an offense that we live so ignorantly in our worlds of plenty while so many go without, but because it sends a clear message: prayer matters.
I have spent the last three years mulling over the meaning of prayer, mostly the meaning of my own, selfish prayers. I have fallen deeper into mystery, understanding much less than I ever thought I did before. But I do know this: prayer matters.
And of course, the organizers of this wave of prayer are also calling on us to work, to do our part to end hunger. Pray as if everything depends on God, work as if everything depends on you. – St Augustine
I hope you’ll join in praying at noon today, and tell me, why do you think prayer matters?