This February, we celebrated here in Spain, the Manos Unidas campaign against hunger.
Manos Unidas is a Catholic Non-Governmental Development Organisation that provides help in more than 59 countries, and with volunteers, committed to building a world where all people can live according to their fundamental dignity, caring for the weakest and for the planet, our common home. It undertakes its mission of raising awareness regarding the scandal of inequality that increases hunger in the world, and to encourage the Spanish society to commit itself to achieving a development in which no one is left behind.
The Assumption has been closely linked to Manos Unidas since its beginnings when Maria Pepa García Morente (daughter of the priest-philosopher Manuel García Morente, sister of Sister Almudena and mother of Sister Carmen Bonelli), participated in its launching and, subsequently, several of its presidents were former students of our schools in Madrid. Many Sisters have participated in the different Campaigns over the years, particularly when returning from "the mission". Our schools get involved every year in a very creative way in these activities. A great deal of awareness-raising work is done.
Sister Carmen Morales, who took part in the Campaigns, tells us of her experience: "It is a joy to be able to bear witness to what we have experienced with other peoples, in other cultures, to the welcome, to the thirst to learn and to know, to the attraction for the sacred and the transcendent, to the desire to know Jesus and to trust in Him. It is a joy to feel the affection of the people for the missionaries, to know the great solidarity and the desire to collaborate, to know the capacity of mutual welcome".
The video shows how the students of the school in León (Spain) have collaborated in the 63rd edition of this Campaign. This year the slogan was "Our indifference condemns them to oblivion".
It is not an option. It is our duty. As Pope Francis says "Hope is daring, it knows how to look beyond personal comfort".