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Do They Know It’s Eid al-Fitr?...

Feed the World! You’ve heard this song a thousand times…today. It is ubiquitous at this time of year and, while as saccharine as many of its musical cohort, at least has the silver lining of having contributed in some positive way toward global well being.

Or so we thought. The song’s latest reboot has many asking why the eponymous “they” of the tune would give the least hoot whether it’s Christmas, since it’s a holiday “they” don’t celebrate. Fair point. For those of us of Western cultural extraction, we might recall a metaphor about looking a gift horse in the mouth. But how might we feel if some international Muslim charity (Islamic Relief, say) were to send our impoverished children food packages in late July so they’d know Ramadan had ended?

Mother Teresa advised us:

There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people.

It can be difficult to worry about helping other people achieve new heights in their faith, since we’re so often digging out of the depths of our own. But it may be worth considering that doing a good turn for other human beings might be something we do just because we should, no matter what our religious tradition. Perhaps we should feed the world, not because it’s Christmas, but because they’re hungry.


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."