CORPORAL (BODILY) WORKS OF MERCY
Last weekend, we celebrated World Mission Sunday. Thank you for your support of Pope Francis’ mission work throughout the world.
For me, it was a providential coincidence that the fall issue of Mission magazine crossed my desk a few days ago. That’s because I always enjoy seeing pictures and articles about our church’s work in other countries. They bring back fond memories of my years in Bogotá (Colombia) and São Paulo (Brazil), since the priests serving the Catholic chaplaincies in those cities were missionary priests. (Note to self: place these magazines in the church library once it’s ready.)
Last weekend, we also honored our parish homeless shelter, better known as Casa Guadalupana. As Casa’s director Dave Haley told us at Mass, Casa shelters people from throughout the world. He quoted Sr. Norma—doing similar work at the U.S.-Mexican border—to tell us that Casa’s in the business of providing human dignity.
For me, the annual Mission/Casa collection is a “both and” sort of thing. We must work on all levels (local to global) to promote justice, peace and dignity in the world.
WORKS OF MERCY II
When it comes to all seven Corporal Works of Mercy, how are we doing at St. Matt’s these days?
- Feed the hungry: Loaves & Fishes
- Give drink to the thirsty: Loaves & Fishes
- Clothe the naked: Isaac’s Blessing Bags in November-December
- Visit the imprisoned: no parish-level ministry that I’m aware of. Anyone else know?
- Shelter the homeless: Casa Guadalupana
- Visit the sick: Communion ministers, among others
- Bury the dead: funeral ministry
I think this is pretty good for a relatively small parish. Still, I see opportunities for more volunteers, depending on how you want to be engaged. Which of the above works of mercy call to you?
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!