Catholic Rural Life, founded in 1923 as The National Catholic Rural Life Conference, is a faith-based membership organization focused on agriculture, food, and the land. Our mission is to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America. Our program activities provide spiritual, educational, and advocacy initiatives for rural people to lead lives of dignity and piety.
This Study Guide is a reflection on hunger and poverty, and a call to action and justice.
It begins with an observation of the world as we know it: A world with resources and knowledge to produce ample food for all, and yet too many people have little to eat and few resources to lift themselves out of poverty.
The content of this study guide delves into a critical reflection on how we relate the current world situation to the Story and Vision of our Catholic faith.
The guide concludes with the possibilities for action by individuals and groups. The hopeful result is a change in attitudes and behaviors accomplished in a spirit of solidarity with the poor and the care of God’s creation.
We are grateful to Oxfam America who provided a grant for the production of this study guide and their past support for our program work related to the poor and vulnerable around the world.
“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the afflicted,
Light shall rise for you in the darkness
and your gloom shall be as the noonday.
Then the Lord will guide you always,
And give you plenty even on the parched land.”