“How marvelous it would be,” Pope Francis has said, “if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity toward others.”
Such a basic thing can bring about so much good – it’s good for the person you’re helping, of course, but it’s also good for your soul and brings you closer to God.
In fact, “loving one another” is what God calls us to do. And, as Pope Francis reminds us, “God will judge us upon how we have treated the most needy.”
I know YOU understand that and I am so grateful for your kindness. Your big heart for our neighbors in need – those who are hungry and homeless and in need of compassion – is evident in your generous support of St. Vincent de Paul.
With your help, we reach out to our neighbors in need. We feed them. Provide them with emergency assistance. Give them a safe and comfortable place to live… But beyond the material aid that you make possible, there’s something more you share with them. Something just as important, maybe even more so. I’m talking about hope.
These thoughts are with me now because hope is at the very heart of Easter. Next month, we’ll celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and the awesome gift of eternal life.
But to truly experience the hope and joy of Easter, you have to prepare. And one of the best ways to do that is to extend yourself to another in need. As St. Francis said, “it is in giving that we receive…”
So, will you prepare your heart for Easter by blessing a local person or family in desperate need… a mother like Melinda*? Your Easter gift will change lives and it will open your heart to experience the resurrection of the Lord in a powerful way.
Please understand, without your help through St. Vincent de Paul, people like Melinda would be in terrible trouble…
Melinda is struggling to raise three children on her own. It was freezing when she arrived this past week at our food pantry. Carol, a St. Vincent de Paul volunteer, asked how she could help. As the women spoke, Carol noticed the holes in Melinda’s sweater. Her pant leggings were so worn you could see through them in some parts.
Melinda was shivering but smiled when she realized we’d be able to help her. She was so happy, so grateful, for the simple gift of groceries. She breathed a sigh of relief – the groceries were enough to help her feed the children for a full week.
Carol hugged Melinda as she shared her story about being abandoned by her husband and how she was trying so hard to get back on her feet.
The thought of this mother, cold, and with so little to her name, and so much responsibility on her shoulders moved Carol to tears. She took off her own jacket and gave it to Melinda.
Now Melinda couldn’t stop crying, thankful for the compassion being shown her. Thankful for a warm coat. Thankful that she had food now for her little children.
This is what your gift today makes possible. Food, shelter, emergency assistance, and other basics for our neighbors in need.
So please, will you send an Easter gift today to help more families like Melinda’s?
And I believe the blessings you share will be returned to you on Easter morning. You’ll be filled with peace knowing you’ve helped someone in dire need.
God bless you and may all the hope and joy of Easter be yours.
With deep gratitude,
Deacon Chris Stark Executive Director
P.S. God bless you for your compassionate heart. Wishing you a blessed, and very Happy Easter.