In the third century, these words are found in the Didascalia Apostolorum: "Widows and orphans are to be revered like the altar." The presence of God lingers most strongly among those whose hearts are beaten down by the callousness of human beings and who find themselves pushed to the edges of life, on the borders, running from bombs, landless, homeless, hungry, and without health care because of preemptive strikes and sanctions enforced for decades out of vindictiveness and greed.
To Practice This Thought:
Say a prayer for the millions of widows and orphans in the world today. Volunteer with or make a donation to a group advocating for their rights and providing relief.
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