“Charity is love received and given.”
CARITAS IN VERITATE, Pope Benedict XVI
These words of the Holy Father remind us of a truth that is sometimes overlooked, namely, that in giving we receive. Or as Shakespeare wrote of mercy, “it is twice blest. It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” (From The Merchant of Venice.)
Charity is a reflection of God’s unconditional love, the greatest of the virtues (1 Cor. 13:13) and it is in works of charity that the Church fulfills Jesus’ directive to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
Of course the charity of the Church is a composite of the charity of its individual members. Catholic Charities is in effect, the agent of the generosity of each one of us. Through Catholic Charities, we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted and give hope to the hopeless. Through our gifts to Catholic Charities we become Jesus’ hands.
On November 5th and 6th we will observe Catholic Charities Sunday. It is an opportunity for each of us to partner with Jesus and Catholic Charities in assisting more than 72,000 individuals. Of each dollar you contribute, eighty-four cents goes to those in need.
Through their family of services, urged by the love of Christ, Catholic Charities touches thousands of lives without regard for race or creed, purely on the basis of need.
Please be generous. You will indeed be twice blest.