It is January, the season of resolutions. As most people did, I took some time to think about my resolutions and how I wanted to start 2019. After looking at my list, it occurred to me that my resolutions this year, and honestly most years, had a lot to do with me. That may seem obvious; they are in fact my resolutions. However, I started to wonder how many people resolve to help the poor, the marginalized, the hungry or the homeless. If you are reading this and you are someone who did that, I applaud you. If you are like me and your resolution was to drop 20 pounds and helping the poor did not hit your resolution list, here is my challenge to both you and me.
Resolve to help the poor, the marginalized and the suffering by connecting with Catholic Charities in some way. How you choose to connect, whether it be volunteering, becoming a monthly donor or maybe offering a novena for those who come through the doors seeking help, I can promise you one thing: success on your resolution.
Your resolution to help Catholic Charities will create results like this: An older woman, Hilda, was referred to Catholic Charities. Hilda suffered from some mental issues and was living in deplorable conditions and needed medical help. Unfortunately, the landlord’s handyman had begun taking advantage of Hilda’s vulnerable condition. Luckily, through Catholic Charities Eldercare program we were able to assess, intervene and become Hilda’s legal guardian. Hilda got the necessary medical help, her house was cleaned up, and her financial security is now protected. Hilda needs Catholic Charities and we can be there for her — and others — when you resolve to be involved.
The resolution to help Catholic Charities does not shed numbers on the scale, but it sheds fear, sadness and hopelessness. The resolution will not increase the dollars in your bank account, but it will increase joy, love and peace. I would love to spend 2019 adding joy, hope, peace and love in my life and in the lives of people in our diocese. I hope you join me this year to resolve to help those who need us. Many blessings to you in 2019!