A cantata for the Poor
Music composed by Dimitri Arnauts
About the project
This cantata is a testimony to the poor, the rejected and the oppressed. It aims to evoke respectfully their lament, their despair and pain - their call for help amidst the world's triumphant laugh and scorn.
But the oppressed hearts and starving souls can rejoice and find hope: indeed, the Lord hears the cry of the poor, and He despises not those who lay down in chains. God weeps at the sight of our indifference and despise, and rejoices in our good deeds...
One of the most powerful answers of God to the suffering of the abandoned is the conversion of the greedy, the proud and the selfish towards charity and compassion.
In the footsteps of Jesus Christ, we are all called to follow His example on the path of charity, compassion and sacrifice - serving those who have been denied everything.
They received nothing from the world, but God invites all of them first to the great Banquet of Love and Joy, preparing for them seats of dignity, d and abundance.
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UNITED NATIONS: Fundamentally, poverty is the inability of having choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity.
It means lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society. It means not having enough to feed and clothe a family, not having a school or clinic to go to, not having the land on which to grow one’s food or a job to earn one’s living, not having access to credit.
It means insecurity, powerlessness and exclusion of individuals, households and communities.
It means susceptibility to violence, and it often implies living in marginal or fragile environments, without access to clean water or sanitation.
One third of deaths – some 18 million people a year or 50,000 per day – are due to poverty-related causes.
People of color, women and children, are over represented among the global poor and these effects of severe poverty.
Those living in poverty suffer disproportionately from hunger or even starvation and disease.
Those living in poverty suffer lower life expectancy.