+unite with others in society to liberate oppressed people and change oppressive structures.
+Leadership is permeated by Gospel values. It is motivated by a sense of Christian service and not only by a desire for material achievement.
“We must identify with our work only in as much it is Christ’s work.”
“LOVE IS PROVEN BY DEEDS” Saint Katharine Drexel
Many of us have come to believe Words Do Matter! During this Season of Lent 2018 let us pray that the words of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew do matter and together as a Community of Faith we will participate in Catholic Relief Services “Rice Bowl” or some other Community Ministry that empowers others.
CRS is the official international development agency of the U.S. bishops’ conference and one of the most respected international humanitarian agencies in the world. 2018 theme is “HELP JESUS IN DISGUISE”
In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the program kicked off this year with a Rice Bowl blessing by Bishop John McIntyre on Feb. 2 at the Food Cupboard of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in West Philadelphia.
Before the blessing took place, Jacques Kabore (left), a Catholic Relief Services coordinator in Burkina Faso, West Africa, tells of the work and the people in his country, to Bishop John McIntyre.
The Sisters began their ministry at Saint Ignatius Parish in 1928 and have been present in the community to the present day. In recent years the Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament have become a real beacon of hope as they are active members serving many needs of the ParishCommunity
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, 36.lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” … “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”
Pope Francis spoke so eloquently about the mission that CRS undertakes when he said: “It is not enough to offer a sandwich if this is not accompanied by the possibility of learning to stand on one’s own two feet. Charity that leaves the poor in the same situation as before is not adequate.”
Corruption is not countered with silence.
We must speak about it, denounce its evils, and try to understand it so as to show our resolve to make mercy reign over meanness, beauty over nothingness.