It seems that the timing of Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew’s latest rally against the poor is perfect. Since it is Thanksgiving, what better time to send a letter to Maine’s congressional delegation pushing for federal reduction in Food Stamp assistance as she and the LePage administration are trying to make it more difficult for Maine’s poorest children to eat (Associated Press story, printed in the Sun Journal, Nov. 25).

What perfect timing for Catholics, too. This is what I heard this week: “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison and not minister to your needs?” He will answer them, “Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.”

Strangely, after hearing Jesus’ words and many like it every week, Catholics and Christians of all kinds are the biggest supporters of this latest administration that seeks to demonize the defenseless poor and support the self-righteous, rich and entitled.

Why? How did that happen?

But there are many Catholic and Christian churches reaching out to Mainers in need. It would be hard to count all of the turkeys and meals being distributed by those wonderful programs.

Those are the true faces of Jesus and his church.

Bruce Noddin, Lewiston

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