Thursday, Mar. 19, 2009 -- 12:00 AM
Dear Friends in Christ,
The theme of Jesus in disguise reminds us that Christ is present in those who suffer — and in those who respond compassionately to their needs. The Catholic Relief Services Collection supports important Catholic organizations that carry out God’s work around the world — providing refugee resettlement, HIV/AIDS and international poverty relief, legal aid for poor immigrants, emergency and disaster relief, and advocacy for the promotion of global peace and justice. Remembering these humanitarian obligations is part of our role as Catholics, being leaven in the world.
In our diocese, the Catholic Relief Services Collection is scheduled for March 22. This is the perfect opportunity for us to express our compassion and generosity. A worthy goal would be for each family to consider giving the equivalent of one hour’s wage per family. A heroic gift would be to give one day’s wage. Giving beyond your level of comfort will bring others some measure of comfort.
Please know that your generosity gives hope to Jesus in disguise. If you would like further information, visit www.usccb.org/nationalcollections/ You will learn much about the great work done in your name by Catholic organizations.
Thank you for all you do in serving our sisters and brothers in need and may God bless each one of you!
Sincerely in the Lord,
Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison