Wisdom from Pope Francis
Real fasting isn’t just restricting food choices, it must also include cleansing the heart of all selfishness and making room in one’s life for those in need and those who have sinned and need healing, Pope Francis said. Faith without concrete acts of charity is not only hypocritical, “it is dead; what good is it?” he said, criticizing those who hide behind a veil of piety while unjustly treating others, such as denying workers fair wages, a pension and health care. Being generous toward the Church, but selfish and unjust toward others “is a very serious sin: It is using God to cover up injustice,” he said Feb. 20 during his homily in a morning Mass celebrated in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
People cannot “make offerings to the Church on the back of injustice,” he said. “It is not a good Christian who doesn’t do justice to the people who depend on him” and who does not “deprive himself of something essential for him in order to give it to another who is in need.”
(Source: Arkansas Catholic; Diocese of Little Rock)
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Three new board members welcomed to Catholic Charities leadership.
Catholic Charities announces three new members to its Board of Directors: Lisa Trujillo, Director of Governance Excellence for Presbyterian Healthcare Services; Gary Kissock with Pulakos, CPAs and Cindy Frame, Community Volunteer. Their community spirit and strategic vision will add to the tremendous leadership on the board. Continuning their service to Catholic Charities are: Eddie Gallegos, Board Chair; John Emerson, past Board Chair; Lori Muller, Vice Chair; Rick Fellerhoff, Treasurer; Giulia Urquhart, Secretary; David Grieves, Casa de Corazon Building Committee Chair; Bob Casey, Governance Chair; Very Rev. John Cannon; Eddie Fernandez; Larry Larranaga; Rev. Juan Mendez; Michael Rich; Pete Robinson; Carmel Rippberger ; John Menicucci and Virginia Schroeder.
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On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive actions to address problems in our immigration system, including an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the creation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. To serve our brothers and sisters in our community, we are offering information sessions on these Administrative Relief programs. See listing to the right for locations and times. See list
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