At Catholic Charities, we recognize we cannot achieve our mission of helping clients experience positive life transformation through our own efforts. We need God’s grace and action to be at work in our staff and in our clients. Please join us in praying daily for our staff and the people in need who come to us.
God, source of all light, we are surrounded by the darkness of the injustices experienced by your people, the poor who are hungry and who search for shelter, the sick who seek relief, and the downtrodden who seek help in their hopelessness.
Surround us and fill us with your Spirit who is Light. Lead us in your way to be light to your people. Help us to be salt for our communities as we share your love with those caught in the struggles of life.
We desire to be your presence to the least among us and to know your presence in them as we work through you to being justice and peace to this world in desperate need.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
(From the USCCB’s Communities of Salt and Light: Parish Resource Manual)
Reflections from Scripture:
- “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ ” (Matthew 25:35-40)
- “Defend the lowly and fatherless; render justice to the afflicted and needy.” (Proverbs 82:3)
- “This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn…” (Isaiah 58:6-7)
Reflections from the Saints and Catholic leaders:
- “Today too, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others.” ~ Pope Francis
- “Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those throughout the world who live and die in poverty or hunger. Give them, through our hands, this day their daily bread; and by our understanding love, give peace and joy. Amen.” ~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
- “Christians must learn to make their act of faith in Christ by discerning his voice in the cry for help that rises from this world of poverty.” ~ Blessed John Paul II
- “People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” ~ Dorothy Day