“…To give new life to the poor” (Rule of Benedict 4.14)
The Benedictine Rule uses a different metric: “Did the poor receive new life?” Even generous material support can fail to accomplish this. Innovative programs that gather the poor to work collaboratively around the problems they choose – and give resources to those solutions – enliven the community.
Could we use the same metric – “Did someone receive new life?” – for each encounter? Imagine what it might ask of us! What we might do!