Give me 2 minutes to share my enthusiasm and good news today. I invite you to share it with your friends and colleagues. Catholic Charities serves people of all religions, we do not proselytize, and at the same time we proudly draw our inspiration and values from our Catholic Christian tradition – foremost the good news of Jesus Christ. The positive media splash of Pope Francis’ interview is a big deal.
Everybody is trying to spin what Pope Francis has said. With 12,000 words there is a lot to spin. So I’d encourage you to read the whole interview on Americamagazine.org and think about it yourself.
Let me share – and hopefully not “spin” two parts that resonates with what we – staff, boards, donors, volunteers of Catholic Charities do every day:
1) Pope Francis says the first message is – God saves us and this good news needs to be proclaimed on every street corner. In each Catholic Charities program we affirm, by what we do, that no life is to be abandoned, and we help people in a way that creates hope in a future lived with less suffering and greater dignity and fulfillment. That’s part of salvation.
2) Pope Francis repeated that God is to be encountered in everyone – even in the life of a person with many disasters. Poetically he said that although the life of a person might be a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which good seeds can grow. You have to trust God. Isn’t this what we seek to do – every day at Catholic Charities.
Thanks to you who work in our Catholic Charities agencies and programs. Thanks to you who volunteer. Thanks to you who give your time on our boards. Thanks to you who generously donate and a most sincere thanks to those to whom we are privileged to provide help and create hope. All of you affirm the image and likeness of God on every street corner and the loving saving power of God toward every person. Thanks for your time. Check out the whole interview. Share it with others. I think you’ll be as enthused as I am.