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Maria Fitzsimmons

About the Blogger

Maria Fitzsimmons is the Coordinator for Justice Education, Faith and Public Life and Advocacy for the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Peace and Justice.

Blog posts by Maria Fitzsimmons

  • Monday, January 11, 2016

    Let the Jubilee of Mercy Show You That You Have the Capacity to End Poverty

    The Jubilee of Mercy is a special invitation to view many of the usual aspects of our lives with the lens of mercy - God’s mercy towards us, the mercy we can offer each other, and the mercy we must seek for ourselves. January is Poverty Awareness Month, and we have an opportunity to see how awareness about and action to end poverty is connected to mercy.


  • Monday, January 05, 2015

    What will you do for Poverty Awareness Month?

    January is poverty awareness month. As followers of Christ, we are called to be deeply engaged with our world. In the gospels, Jesus finds a time to pull away from the world for prayer and reflection, but he remains deeply engaged with the realities and injustices of the world he entered.


  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013

    Poverty Awareness Month: This January Let the Scales Fall from Our Eyes

    The Christmas season is coming to a close. Like the decorations and the festive gatherings, the generosity that permeates our hearts and minds during the Advent and Christmas Seasons is a welcome change of perspective. During Christmas, we act generously towards our family and friends, and we also seek to share generously with poor and marginalized people in our communities in special ways. If only the poverty and injustice that afflict us and our neighbors were as easily put away as the Christmas lights and nativity scenes.