Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lent: Volunteer and Live the Pope's Message

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Guest Post by Father John
President and CEO, Catholic Charities 

I know I'm in the minority when I say this, but I love Lent. It's a refreshing opportunity to get back to the basics of our faith. Here at Catholic Charities, it's a busy season as we have several big projects that could use your do-good attitude.

Earlier this week Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation effective February 28, with a conclave to elect his successor meeting soon after. When Pope Benedict visited Washington, DC in 2008, we marked his visit by holding a massive food drive across every parish and Catholic school.

It's just one of many traditions we've continued - the Lenten Share in Hope Food Drive. If you are making a Lenten promise to volunteer or give back, here are some ways you can help us

This Lent, rather than looking to "give up" something, what if we all reflect on what we can add: a few hours of volunteering, a few canned good items to our shopping carts for Share in Hope, or a few moments spent with someone who seems isolated or lonely. Pope Benedict defines charity as "love received and given," and I'm inspired by the love we are able to share through simple, everyday acts of service.

Are you sharing love through simple, everyday acts of service this Lent? Post them to our Catholic Charities Facebook