‘But it’s for the poor!’
Famous Roman Basilica converted into Mess Hall for Christmas Luncheon
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On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2022, the Sant’Egidio Community of Rome celebrated its 40th annual Christmas luncheon inside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.
Vatican News reports excitedly:
Approximately 300 of Rome’s poor, homeless, and elderly people, as well as several Ukrainian refugees, attended the traditional Christmas luncheon organized by the Community of St. Egidio in Rome’s St. Mary in Trastevere Church.
After a countdown and Christmas greetings, guests were treated to generous portions of lasagna, meatloaf, lentils, and typical Christmas desserts. Guests also received a personalized gift with their names on it, as if in a family.
(Salvatore Cernuzio, “Cardinal Parolin at St. Egidio Christmas lunch: ‘We need solidarity and love'”, Vatican News, Dec. 26, 2022)
What that looked like can be seen in the title image above and in the following video report from ANSA (Italian):
Such profanations of churches are another indicator of the preeminence of man over God in the Vatican II religion. Yes, it is a wonderful corporal work of mercy to feed the hungry by sponsoring a Christmas luncheon for those who are poor and needy. Nothing wrong with that! However, it need not and ought not to be done inside a church consecrated to the worship of the Most Holy Trinity. They could simply have rented a big hall or other venue somewhere to serve lunch to the poorest of the poor.
Clearly, this is a deliberate profanation of the sacred, and it gives the impression that food for the body is the greatest good, or at least a greater good than the reverent worship of Almighty God. Our Lord did not come merely to show us how to give bodily nourishment to our neighbor in need. Jesus Christ came to redeem us from sin, to show us how we ought to live, and to give us Himself, “the living bread which came down from heaven…. my flesh, for the life of the world” (Jn 6:51-52); and to give us “the water that … shall become … a fountain of water, springing up into life everlasting” (Jn 4:14). For “Man liveth not by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Lk 4:4).
It is important to show charity to the poor, but this charity must be subordinate to our love of God: “For the poor you have always with you: and whensoever you will, you may do them good: but me you have not always” (Mk 14:7). We must love God first, our neighbor only second: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Mt 22:37-39).
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When our Blessed Lord saw the money changers and vendors doing business within the magnificent Temple structure in Jerusalem, He made a whip and drove them out in righteous anger: “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the chairs of them that sold doves: And he saith to them: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves” (Mt 21:12-13).
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