Solidarity arises when we remember that we belong to each other. We reflect on this in a special way at Mass. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Eucharist commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognise Christ in the poorest.”
Solidarity spurs us to stand side by side with our sisters and brothers, especially those living in poverty. Robert Corry, father-of-two, ran the London marathon last year and raised an amazing £2,000 for CAFOD. He explains how his faith inspires him to act in solidarity:
“It can be difficult to get out of bed early in the morning to fit in the next training session, but then I think about the people CAFOD supports, and I ask myself how I would cope if my house was destroyed or if I lost my family in the war.
“We should help however and whoever we can, and thinking about our global neighbours is what keeps me going to the end.”