In a second video in the Just Start series on the works of mercy, people in Russia and the Philippines are shown fighting material and spiritual hunger.

Poor children, and sometimes their parents, in the Philippines receive food and help with their education as well as values formation in a family atmosphere. Like homeless people in Russia they receive, but also become part of a virtuous circle of giving back and helping others.

A woman helping in the Feeding Metro Manila project says: “Ten years from now it will not be me doing this, these kids we are feeding now will be the ones helping others.” And an organiser says: “When you see how patient they are, how persevering they are, you ask yourself, “Am I the one helping them, or are they the ones helping me.”

The series is inspired by Pope Francis’ call for practical works of mercy in this jubilee Year of Mercy, and by the legacy of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo (1914 – 1994) the second prelate of Opus Dei. Further information about the videos can be found here.

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet