Show Me the Way
“Please” and “thank you” are among the first, and perhaps the most important, words that we will ever learn. To use the word “please” is to acknowledge our dependence on others. It can be very humbling which is perhaps why I don’t say it often enough. I remember vividly becoming lost in northern Spain while on a pilgrimage and asking a complete stranger “please, can you show me the way?” At that moment, I had to admit that I needed help and I needed to overcome my own embarrassment at being lost.
And when that help was provided to me, I also needed to say “thank you.” I had to acknowledge that someone took the time to stop, listen to my request and then, very kindly, to share with me the direction I should go.
What is true of us individually is equally true for Catholic Charities here in our Diocese. Each year we ask you to please help us in our shared ministry to the poor and most vulnerable in our communities. And each year you respond with great generosity and kindness, providing our agencies with countless hours of volunteer service, prayers and financial assistance.
And for these gifts of time, talent and treasure, we must also say thank you. Your expressions of love and solidarity with the poor and those in need give us the opportunity to share the love of God with those who may be temporarily lost on the way.
I have had the good fortune and blessing to meet all of our employees and many of our volunteers at Catholic Charities throughout our Diocese I am grateful for their hard work and dedication. Each year they provide care and consolation to over 40,000 individuals and families, and they do so with great compassion and competence.
I ask each of you reading to please, please pray for the ministry of Catholic Charities and most especially for the people in our care. Pray that we will continue to carry out our ministry this day, and always, with humility and gratitude.
Thank you for your prayers, for your service and for your financial support. You show us the way.
By: Stephen Carattini, Director for Social Concerns