As we start the journey of Lent this month, I reflect on the new beginnings this season is bringing us to. Lent is leading us to the birth of Easter, and similarly those who turn to Catholic Charities are often preparing and journeying to their new birth and new beginnings.
Many who come to us have been walking in darkness and are uncertain of their futures. They are looking for hope, which will lead them to a brighter future - to a rebirth. Catholic Charities is that hope. With your help as our Good Samaritans, we are stopping to ask how we can help those who are most vulnerable and marginalized.
Pope Francis has reminded us that "Each life we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect, and love." Throughout our Lenten journey, may we pause to open our doors and our hearts to those who are most in need of assistance. I know you join me in seeing the face of Christ in all who turn to Catholic Charities for help.
Lent is a time for us to have a new beginning in our own lives, too. I hope as you pray this season you consider how you may deepen your involvement with Catholic Charities in lifting up our brothers and sisters in need. Perhaps it is joining us to serve supper at one of our nightly dinners throughout the Archdiocese. It is a wonderful opportunity to introduce children and our families and friends to the power of service.
In addition to the suppers, there are a number of ways to serve throughout the Agency. I encourage you to visit our volunteer site at www.catholiccharities.net/volunteer or contact our Volunteer Relations team directly at 312-655-7322. We are happy to work with you to ensure your experience is a fruitful one. It is through service that our lives are transformed.
May your heart be filled with love and hope as you begin your Lenten journey this year.