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When Did We See You Hungry?

In the parable in Matthew 25, people ask our Lord, "When did we see you hungry?" They recalled seeing hungry people. But they could not recall seeing him. After all, how do you forget an encounter like that?

People stand in line to receive rice

People stand in line to receive rice distributed through the CRS-supported Archdiocese of Pondicherry in India. Photo by David Snyder/CRS

But Jesus goes on to assure them that, whenever they saw someone in need, they saw him. To feed the hungry is to feed him.

To feed our hungry brothers and sisters is to live our faith. The fruits of that faith are reflected in the following stories:

For more than 35 years, Operation Rice Bowl has offered Catholics in the United States a way to connect with our brothers and sisters in need around the world through the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Nearly 13,000 faith communities across the United States participate in Operation Rice Bowl each Lent to demonstrate solidarity with the poor men, women and children around the world. Here's how you can get involved in or deepen your commitment to this powerful program.

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