Answering the Call to Help Those in Need
In Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he writes about those in need. He says “The new evangelization is an invitation to acknowledge the saving power at work in their lives and to put them at the centre of the Church’s pilgrim way. We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.” Fortunately, many churches around the world are fulfilling his and, above all, Jesus’ call to help those in need. In the United States, parishes are doing so in a variety of inspiring ways. Here are some ways that churches can lend a helping hand and a compassionate heart.