Fitting right into our semester theme on the Social Teachings of the Church, we have our annual international Life Night – Give It Away Now. This year, we joined Life Teen Parishes around the world to help collect items that would help serve the homeless in our local communities. Our Life Teen will donate all items to the Catholic Service Centers that are run by the Diocese of Lafayette.
Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God and therefore has great dignity and worth. This dignity cannot be lost and is not diminished by sin, economic status, or societal definition. Jesus himself was born into poverty and spent most of his ministry with the poor. Because of this, the Church teaches preferential option for the poor; this means we must put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first, and to neglect them is to neglect Christ. Serving those in poverty is a necessary requirement of our faith;
it is not an option. Without an act of service done in love, our faith becomes “dead.”
“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.” -Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
This week, Sept. 27th, is the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent de Paul is the Patron Saint of Charity. Spend sometime this week talking with your family about how, as a family, you can help serve the poor and homeless in our area.
- Read about St. Vincent de Paul and what he did to help the poor.
- Read some reflections from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and her work with the poor.
- Read Matthew 25: 31-46 and discuss how you are measuring up to what Jesus said.
- Go to Mass (as a family if possible) on Thursday – St. Vincent de Paul’s feast – and offer your Eucharist for those who experience poverty and homelessness in our area.
“. . . [I]n the kingdom of charity, one prefers to suffer some inconvenience rather than inconvenience the neighbor.” -St. Vincent de Paul