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February 28, 2018

My dear parishioners,

As the Catholic Charity Appeal continues, here are some interesting facts:

If your salary is $60,000 a year, you are richer than 99% of the people in the world. Yes, that makes you part of the “1%”. If you make $22,000 a year you are in the top 10% of the wealthiest people in the world. There’s no way for us to avoid the truth that Jesus is talking to us: all things considered, we are wealthy.

Jesus doesn’t condemn us for our wealth, but he does call us to remember the uncertainty of riches and to rely of the God who is the source of all we have, who “provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17). We will not be judged by our material possessions but we will be judged on the ways we choose to make use of them.

Those who are “rich in good deeds: (1 Timothy 6:18) are promised the reward of the Kingdom;  those who are rich in the eyes of the world are promised nothing beyond what they already enjoy.

May God bless the spirit of generosity in which we respond to the Catholic Charity Fund, and to all the many ways in which we live out Jesus’ commandments of love and service in our lives, knowing that “the measure we give to others will be the measure we receive from God.”

–Monsignor Montecalvo



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