July 1st, 2018
Be a Light
We are in the midst of social and cultural upheavals. It is not anything totally new. Every era, every age has its own challenges. To put it in Charles Dickens words, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” (A Tale of Two Cities)
Watching TV or the news gives one such a feeling of paradox. We have great achievements in science and technology and millions of people around the world are enjoying a greater quality of life than ever before. However, the problems of immigration, refugees, war, violence, the faces of suffering people, crying babies, etc. continue to haunt us.
All these can be disheartening or they can be a wakeup call. Instead of feeling helpless each of us is asked to do what we can. As the adage goes, “it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
Together with the Catholic Charities of the East Bay, our parish wants to help the immigrants. We would like to sponsor a family for 3 months. It requires $8,000. We would hand over the sum to Catholic Charities for the care of the family.
It is praise-worthy that the Young Adult Group of our parish has already come forward to participate in the mission. Also, some members of our parish have expressed the desire to form a committee/group that can work for the welfare of the immigrants and refugees as well as for social justice. If any members of our Church would like join such a committee, kindly contact the parish office with your name, phone number and email address.
Christian Faith is all about helping people, especially the weak and unfortunate of our society. “‘If any of your fellow [men] become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you…” (Leviticus 25:35)
“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:34).
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing, some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)
— Father Augustine