Sunday, November 21, 2010

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for the week of November 21, 2010

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 (The Solemnity of Christ the King, Cycle C, ) we read in the Gospel of Luke about Jesus' encounter with the two thieves hanging beside him during his crucifixion. One thief mocks Jesus; the other defends Jesus to his compatriot, reminding him that they have sinned, and recognizing that Jesus' kingdom differs from the kingdoms of this world. This is a feast day celebrating the last Sunday of Ordinary time; it is the feast of Christ the King. Here we witness Jesus modeling the life of a real king: a humble servant, forgiving and loving to the very end.

In Catholic Charities , we must witness to this type of Kingdom and Lord, as one who serves and loves unconditionally. We must help build that Kingdom of God that Jesus came to proclaim and to establish. His Kingdom is one of forgiveness, welcome, hope and love. These are the characteristics of Catholic Charities as we welcome each person made in God's image and likeness. We too are willing to be there to serve and help others as they strive to live a dignified life.

Reflection from Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate

"International cooperation requires people who can be part of the process of economic and human development through the solidarity of their presence, supervision, training and respect. From this standpoint, international organizations might question the actual effectiveness of their bureaucratic and administrative machinery, which is often excessively costly. At times it happens that those who receive aid become subordinate to the aid-givers, and the poor serve to perpetuate expensive bureaucracies which consume an excessively high percentage of funds intended for development. Hence it is to be hoped that all international agencies and non-governmental organizations will commit themselves to complete transparency, informing donors and the public of the percentage of their income allocated to programmes of cooperation, the actual content of those programmes and, finally, the detailed expenditure of the institution itself."(par. 47b)

Some important date(s) this week:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27. Vigil for All Nascent Human Life, Cathedral of St. Columba, 4:00 pm. Join the universal Church in welcoming in the new Liturgical Year, with a Vigil Service led by Bishop George V. Murry, SJ.


FAIR TRADE: Christmas Time Gift Sharing
As the Christmas season for gift giving approaches, consider using your purchasing power to support social justice by buying fair traded goods. Visit Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade website for ideas and links to shopping.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Catholic Charities thanks all of those who support the Annual Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church, particularly during these difficult economic times. May God bless His faithful servants who struggle to provide for their own families, and their neighbors in need. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


Drug Addicts and Victims of Every Form of Dependence
General: That victims of drugs or of other dependence may, thanks to the support of the Christian community, find in the power of our Saving God strength for a radical life-change.

The Continent-wide Mission in Latin America
Missionary: That the Churches of Latin America may move ahead with the continent-wide mission proposed by their bishops, making it part of the universal missionary task of the People of God.

Corporal Works of Mercy: The seven practices of charity toward our neighbor
Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless
Visit the sick
Visit those in prison
Bury the dead

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