On the occasion of the Year of Faith, Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, wrote to prominent Catholic leaders requesting a short reflection to help CRS highlight how faith and works (serving the poor globally) bring about the kingdom of God on earth. The hope is that by hearing from our Church's leaders, Catholics will be inspired and motivated to learn more about the Church's important mission and the work of CRS.You'll find thoughts from John C. Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame; Bishop Daniel E. Flores, bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas; Bishop Martin D. Holley, of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.; Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame; Monsignor Ronny E. Jenkins, general secretary of the USCCB; and many others. Read them all here.
|OSV Publisher Greg Erlandson|
Faith without works is dead, we read in the Epistle of James (2:17). The powerful and humble witness of Pope Francis underscores this core truth of our faith. In his embrace of the ill, the imprisoned, the innocent and the powerless, our Holy Father is giving us the example of profound faith actively engaged with a hurting world.
So many of the saints have testified with their lives to a faith lived fully caring for others: St. Frances of Rome, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Damien of Molokai. All of these great men and women sought only to follow the example of their Savior who healed the sick, raised the dead and laid down his life for us all.
The need for Catholic faith in action is no less urgent today than in times past, and it is not just the task of saints but the duty of us all. Because today the challenges are often global and remote, Catholic Relief Services is a concrete manifestation of our duty to care for the sick, suffering and marginalized, even to the corners of the earth. It is an extension of our hands and our heart, a far-flung witness of a faith-filled people. This is what we are all called to be, and to do.