A Life Message

Sometimes it is better to view a video with the sound on, try this one with the sound off first … Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, all are times when there is a call for food for the poor … how can we NOT give at least something.

Option For the Poor

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers

and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25: 40) This line from

the Gospel of Matthew sums up the fourth theme of Catholic Social

Teaching,

 

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

. The basic moral test is how we treat our most vulnerable members in society. Canon Law states, “The Christian faithful are obliged to promote social justice and,

mindful of the precept of the Lord, to assist the poor from their own resources.” Our sisters who are retired, or who live in our care centers, take to heart the instruction to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.

The sisters give from their financial resources to aid victims of

natural disasters and contribute to any collection to help the

needy around them. Sisters from Our Lady of Lourdes Care

Center in New Jersey put together gift bags for the residents of St.

Ignatius Nursing Home as well as collect supplies for immigrant

detainees who are housed at two nearby detention facilities. The

sisters in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo recycle

pop cans and donate the money to the Sister Josette Food Pantry

at Villa Maria College. The employees at the care center in Buffalo also provide food for this pantry. The administrator at the care center, Mr. Bart Siener, volunteers twice a month after work at another food pantry while several of the nurses assist with out-reach programs in their parishes.

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