Brother Paul Kennedy, a member of the Dominican Order, grew up in Cincinnati with a dream of running a restaurant. Today, he is fulfilling that dream in an unexpected way. Every weekday, he is in charge of feeding the physical and spiritual hunger of more than 300 people at the Holy Family Soup Kitchen in Columbus. Brother Paul offers that, “What always was important to me about the restaurant business was the chance to communicate with people as much as the chance to feed them. But regardless of what I did, every job I’ve had in the past was focused on service to people. Here at the soup kitchen, I get the chance to do the kind of work I wanted to while growing up, while at the same time getting to know the people we serve and developing a rapport with them.”
A New Work of Mercy: Care for our Common Home is an article from The Catholic Times that focuses on caring for our Earth from a global perspective. The following paragraph sums up Pope Francis's reasoning, in part, for introducing World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation:
"Until the last few hundred years, most people had a local sphere of influence. It was sufficient to love your immediate neighbor as yourself. But in our globalized economy, we participate in systems that affect our brothers and sisters in the farthest reaches of the planet, most of whom we will never meet. Pope Francis points out the ecological debt between the global north and south caused by 'the disproportionate use of natural resources by certain countries' (LS 51). In proposing care for our common home as a work of mercy, he is inviting us to expand our concept of neighbor yet again."