The aim of the SVP in the 21st Century is still the same – to tackle poverty in all its forms and the gospel message defines that for us.
Jesus famously told us to love our neighbours as ourselves.
Some neighbours are easy to love – they are naturally loveable people. But some people can be harder to love – the homeless, the sick sometimes, the depressed. The problem is that these are the people that most need that love.
Jesus also told us: ‘In so far as you did this to the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.’
This quotation and the exhortation to love our neighbours are at the core of our Christian faith. In the SVP this love translates into friendship, someone to talk to and practical help without regard to faith, ethnicity, status or sexual orientation.