February 12, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window

 

Each year, we are asked as a parish family to support the Bishop’s Annual House of Charity Appeal. The video presented at Mass invites us to catch a glimpse of those who are assisted by the House of Charity. This year, I ask us to consider not only those who we are asked to assist, but to contemplate all that we have been given.

Pope Leo XIII wrote in 1891, “If the question be asked how must one’s possessions be used, the Church replies without hesitation that man should not consider his material possessions as his own but as common to all.” And then this startling line, very effective for an examination of conscience: “when what necessity demands has been supplied, and one’s standing fairly taken thought for, it becomes a duty to give to the indigent out of what remains over.”

An early Church Father, St. Basil the Great, expressed this idea even more powerfully and in tones that ought to cause us to look to ourselves: “The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry. The cloak in your wardrobe belongs to the naked. The shoes you allow to rot belong to the barefoot. The money in your vaults belongs to the destitute. You do injustice to every man whom you could help but do not.”

These pastors invite us to take into account all that which has been placed in our trust for the good of others. My prayer is that as a parish family we recognize our blessings and to respond as justice demands.

I thank you for supporting the Bishop’s Annual House of Charity Appeal,

Fr. Pete

 

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