Saturday, November 27, 2010

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for the week of November 28, 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 (First Sunday of Advent we read in the Gospel of Matthew about Jesus' warning that the time is at hand. He calls his disciples out of their sleep and urges them to stay awake. We then hear in the reading from the Prophet Isaiah that all will stream toward the Mountain of the Lord, where swords will be turned into ploughshares, wherein the Kingdom of God will be fulfilled. This first Sunday of Advent reminds us that the Kingdom of God is now at hand as we prepare to celebrate the feast of the Incarnation.

In Catholic Charities , we help people find peace and comfort. They know that when they come to our offices, that we will find someway to help them find a solution to their issues or problems. We may not be able to give them everything they want, but our staff works diligently to seek ways to help fulfill their needs. As we enter into this season of Advent, awaiting the coming of the Lord, we share that joy and hope with each person we encounter, and find new joy through every encounter since we never know what angels we may be entertaining.

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

"Today the subject of development is also closely related to the duties arising from our relationship to the natural environment. The environment is God's gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole. When nature, including the human being, is viewed as the result of mere chance or evolutionary determinism, our sense of responsibility wanes. In nature, the believer recognizes the wonderful result of God's creative activity, which we may use responsibly to satisfy our legitimate needs, material or otherwise, while respecting the intrinsic balance of creation. If this vision is lost, we end up either considering nature an untouchable taboo or, on the contrary, abusing it. Neither attitude is consonant with the Christian vision of nature as the fruit of God's creation."(par. 48a)

Some important date(s) this week:

WEDNESDAY December 1. World AIDS Day. Worldwide the Catholic Church provides care for one out of every four people living with HIV.


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.

Your prayers are always welcome. Did you know that our Catholic Charities agencies average about 75 calls for help each day? The average time it takes for a staff member to assist a client needing help with food, utilities, rent/mortgage, and prescriptions ranges from 45 to 60 minutes. Please pray for Catholic Charities’ staff who provide quality, compassionate service in the name of the Church to address basic human needs.


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.

The Experience of Personal Suffering as a Help to Others who Suffer
General: That our personal experience of suffering may be an occasion for better understanding the situation of unease and pain which is the lot of many people who are alone, sick or aged, and stir us all to give them generous help.

Opening Our Doors to Christ
Missionary: That the peoples of the earth may open their doors to Christ and to His Gospel of peace, brotherhood and justice.

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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