OFFICE FOR SOCIAL MINISTRY “Let us love, not with words but with deeds.” (1 John 3:18) With this scriptural passage, Pope Francis established the first World Day of the Poor, Nov. 19, the last Sunday before Thanksgiving. This is also the weekend for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection in all parishes. Therefore it […]
OFFICE FOR SOCIAL MINISTRY “Blessed are the hands that reach beyond every barrier of culture, religion and nationality, and pour the balm of consolation over the wounds of humanity.” (Pope Francis, First World Day for the Poor) Just as the Lord hears the cry of the poor (Psalm 34), we are all called to do […]
OFFICE FOR SOCIAL MINISTRY “May these migrants meet brothers and sisters under every sky, who share with them the bread and hope of the common path.” (Pope Francis) Our Holy Father often calls us to reflect on how we can encounter Christ by walking with migrants on our shared journey of life. Pope Francis said, […]
OFFICE FOR SOCIAL MINISTRY “Let us love, not with words but with deeds.” (Pope Francis, Message for First World Day of the Poor 2017) As Jesus and our Holy Father have reminded us all, love is not just a word. It is an action. And as August approaches, it is a great time to reflect […]
OFFICE FOR SOCIAL MINISTRY “The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.’ Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by […]
OFFICE FOR SOCIAL MINISTRY “When we heal the wounds of refugees, displaced persons and victims of trafficking, we are practicing the commandment of love that Jesus has left us … Their flesh is that of Christ.” (Pope Francis) We crossed paths on a subway in Rome on the way to join thousands in St. Peter’s […]
OFFICE FOR SOCIAL MINISTRY “The Samaritan acts with true mercy: he binds up the man’s wounds, transports him to an inn, personally takes care of him, and provides for his upkeep. All this teaches us that compassion, love, is not a vague sentiment, but rather means taking care of the other to the point of […]
OFFICE FOR SOCIAL MINISTRY “Do not tire of courageously living the Gospel, which calls you to recognize and welcome the Lord Jesus among the smallest and most vulnerable. I entrust all child migrants, their families, their communities, and you who are close to them, to the protection of the Holy Family of Nazareth; may they […]
On Jan. 1, Pope Francis reminded us that Mary, the Mother of God, is a vital guide for all times. Our Holy Father focused on our mother Mary’s qualities as vital resources for our mission as church.
“Thanks from the bottom of our heart for your daily witness, which nourishes our hopes and our dreams, and gives us continuous glimmers of light.” These were the words of thanks that Pope Francis heard on the afternoon of his 80th birthday, Dec. 17, after celebrating breakfast with a group of homeless persons.