Sunday, November 11, 2012

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for the week of November 11, 2012

Catholic Charities. Providing Help. Creating Hope. 

VISION: Believing in the presence of God in our midst, we proclaim the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person by sharing in the mission of Jesus given to the Church. To this end, Catholic Charities works with individuals, families, and communities to help them meet their needs, address their issues, eliminate oppression, and build a just and compassionate society.

MISSION: Rooted in the Mission of the Diocese of Youngstown "to minister to the people in the six counties of northeastern Ohio . . .(and) to the world community", we are called to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.

GOALS: Catholic Charities is devoted to helping meet basic human needs, strengthening families, building communities and empowering low-income people. Working to reduce poverty in half by 2020.

KEY VALUE: Hospitality

WHAT WE DO: Organizing Love. "As a community, the Church must practise love. Love thus needs to be organized if it is to be an ordered service to the community" (Deus Caritas Est, par. 20)

On Sunday, (Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,   we read from the Gospel of Mark about Jesus’ observation about how to live out the two great commandments to love God and love your neighbor.  Jesus sees a poor widow drop two small coins into the Temple treasury; he notes that other people give from their surplus.  Jesus remarks that this widow, though poor, shared what she had with others despite her own came from her very being and was not a second hand reaction.  The first reading from Kings tells a story of a widow and her son, about to starve from the famine, but share what they have with a stranger-prophet.  The promise made was fulfilled: their flour and oil did not run out..there is abundance in God’s promise.

Catholic Charities  welcomes all to our doors.  We welcome those who are barely making ends meet, and welcome those who have for the first time encounter a financial or emotional crisis.  We also appreciate and welcome any gift to Catholic Charities and to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church (   ).  No gift is too small.  All is appreciated and needed.  We also want to thank everyone who has contributed to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund ( )  .  Catholic Charities in the US and Catholic Relief Services in the Caribbean have been coordinating much of the short and long term relief.  Again, thanks to all for all your support.  We are truly humbled and appreciative.  

Reflection from Church Documents and Official Statements


The Feast of All Saints and the Synod of Bishops

By Anita Bourdin
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 31, 2012 ( In Proposition 23 of the recent Synod of Bishops, the Synod Fathers assert that the Saints are "effective models" for the New Evangelization.
"Holiness is a significant part of every evangelizing commitment for the one who evangelizes and for the good of those evangelized," it states. It is a message that is in perfect harmony with the feast of All Saints, which the Church celebrates November 1.

The Synod Fathers dedicate the entire proposition to the sanctity of the new evangelizers. "The universal call to holiness is constitutive of the New Evangelization that sees the Saints as effective models of the variety and forms in which this vocation can be realized," write the Synod Fathers.
"What is common in the varied stories of holiness is the following of Christ expressed in a life of faith active in charity which is a privileged proclamation of the Gospel."

The Synod identifies in the Virgin Mary the model of all Saints. "We recognize Mary as the model of holiness that is manifest in acts of love including the supreme gift of self."

Proposition 22 calls for "conversion" and the "renewal in holiness" necessary in the new evangelizers. "The drama and intensity of the age old clash between good and evil, between faith and fear should be presented as the essential background, a constituent element of the call to conversion in Christ." This struggle continues at a natural and supernatural level. 'For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few' (Mt 7: 14)"

Many bishops spoke of the need for a renewal of holiness in their own life, if they really want to be effective agents of the New Evangelization.
The Synod Fathers insist on the need for "personal and communal conversion," as well as the need for a "pastoral" conversion.

Some important date(s) this week:

See website for biographies of Saints and Blessed celebrated this week.

NOVEMBER 17.  St. Elizabeth of Hungary

In her short life Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism when a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers. This choice endeared her in the hearts of the common people throughout Europe.
At the age of 14 Elizabeth was married to Louis of Thuringia (a German principality), whom she deeply loved; she bore three children. Under the spiritual direction of a Franciscan friar, she led a life of prayer, sacrifice and service to the poor and sick. Seeking to become one with the poor, she wore simple clothing. Daily she would take bread to hundreds of the poorest in the land, who came to her gate.
After six years of marriage, her husband died in the Crusades, and she was grief-stricken. Her husband’s family looked upon her as squandering the royal purse, and mistreated her, finally throwing her out of the palace. The return of her husband’s allies from the Crusades resulted in her being reinstated, since her son was legal heir to the throne.
In 1228 Elizabeth joined the Secular Franciscan Order, spending the remaining few years of her life caring for the poor in a hospital which she founded in honor of St. Francis. Elizabeth’s health declined, and she died before her 24th birthday in 1231. Her great popularity resulted in her canonization four years later.


Read Brian R Corbin’s Reflection on the Year of Faith   published on-line by Catholic Charities USA

November is Black Catholic month.  See daily reflections

Disaster Relief: Hurricane Sandy  Help support @CCharitiesUSA disaster relief efforts

 PAPAL INTENTIONS:   November 2012

General Intention: Ministers of the Gospel. That bishops, priests, and all ministers of the Gospel may bear the courageous witness of fidelity to the crucified and risen Lord.

Missionary Intention: Pilgrim Church. That the pilgrim Church on earth may shine as a light to the nations.

Corporal Works of Mercy:  The seven practices of charity toward our neighbor

  1. Feed the hungry
  2. Give drink to the thirsty
  3. Clothe the naked
  4. Shelter the homeless
  5. Visit the sick
  6. Visit those in prison
  7. Bury the dead

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