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19 November 2017: First World Day of the Poor

Max Rossi, Reuters, 3 Aug. 2016

Max Rossi, Reuters. 3 Aug. 2016

"I invite the whole Church, and men and women of good will everywhere, to turn their gaze on this day to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help and solidarity.  They are our brothers and sisters, created and loved by the one Heavenly Father.  This Day is meant, above all, to encourage believers to react against a culture of discard and waste, and to embrace the culture of encounter . . . so that we can become an even greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need.”

--Pope Francis, Holy Father's Message First World Day of the Poor, 13 June 2017


VIDEO: TED Talk, Filmed - April 2017


Vatican: The Pope Video "Countries Receiving Refugees" [November 2016]

The Pope Video - "Child Soldiers" [December 2016]

The Pope Video - "Help Persecuted Christians" [March 2017]



The Poverty Resources Guide is a work in progress.  It is hoped that it will be a 21st century colllection of resources of multiple format types that represent the 4 definitions/interpretations of poverty according to Lasallian pedagogy.

Its seeds emerged thanks to the contributions of the following Buttimer Institute Participants:

Christine Bridges Estes, La Salle Academy, Providence, RI

Bro. Lawrence Goyette FSC. Manhattan College, NYC

David Martinez, La Salle Academy. Providence

Bro. Pius Nsukula FSC, St. Mary's University, Winona, MN

Nancy Reiland, Lewis University,  Romeoville IL

Rosanne Trissler, La Salle Academy, Providence, RI

* Ongoing consultation with:

Bro. Frederick Mueller FSC Providence, RI


About: The Buttimer Institute for Lasallian Studies


BBC News: "Hurricane Irma Causes Devastation in the Caribbean"  

7  Sept. 2017




Hurricane Maria's Devastation in Puerto Rico

September 2017 Photo by Sgt. Jose Diaz-Ramos

NPR INTERVIEW: "Refugees, Displaced People Surpass 60 Million for First Time, UNHCR Says

20 June 2017 by Camila Domonoske


"For how long has Jesus been presenting himself to you and knocking at the door of your heart to make his dwelling within you, and you have not wanted to receive him?  Why? Because he only presents himself under the form of a poor man, a slave, a man of sorrow."


Economic Poverty refers to the lack of basic financial resources needed for a family to function at the average level of other families in the community


Educational Poverty refers to significant differences in cognitive style or development, past school history, or social/emotional development that significantly impede a person being able to function in regular learning environments without supports or accomodations


Affective Poverty refers to a significant lack of the personal, psychological, social and emotional resources and competencies to be able to meet normal developmental expectations


Poverty of Values refers to a lack in appreciation of local social norms, or of the responsibility to the larger world community that all persons have

Lasallian Reflections. 14c, 2004.



Excerpt from "Peace is Possible" Prayer Service

prepared by Bro. Lawrence Goyette FSC


READING: Matthew 5:39-45    The Message

Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.


You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.


READING:  Lao-Tse, from the 6th century BC

Leader:   If there is to be peace in the world,


All:          There must be peace in the nations.

  If there is to be peace in the nations,

  There must be peace in the cities.

  If there is to be peace in the cities,

  There must be peace between neighbors.

  If there is to be peace between neighbors,

  There must be peace in the home.

  If there is to be peace in the home,

  There must be peace in the heart.


* Full "Peace is Possible" Prayer Service found on Lasallian Resources Page




Interested in contributing news, articles, prayers, testimonials, and/or resources to the Buttimer Poverty Resources Guide? 

email Rosanne Trissler, Librarian