While the past two years have had its challenges and have certainly shown us that society is changing daily, the Church continues to be a steadfast beacon of hope to the world. Now, more than ever, we must “let our light shine” and live out Christ’s love and compassion in all we do.
At this time every year, you are asked to make a gift to the Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD). And each year, you probably ask yourself: what is ABCD? And perhaps even ask, why should I give to it?
Simply stated, ABCD is love; it is hope; it is charity. It is what enables the Church to fulfill its mission of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ and bringing Him to people no matter where they are—above and beyond what happens in your parish. It is an opportunity for us all to unite as brothers and sisters as we experience our own encounters with Jesus Christ.
Today, of course, we still face difficult economic times. But hard economic times do not give us an excuse – as Catholics – not to seek the greater glory of God which should always be our first priority. Indeed, when times are tough, the needs addressed by the Church become even more critical; and to meet them, we must be willing to stretch ourselves “for the greater glory of God.”
In the second century, St. Irenaeus said that “the Glory of God is man fully alive” (Gloria Dei vivens homo). By supporting the many life-changing ministries of the archdiocese, through the ABCD, the Catholic faithful of our archdiocese give God “glory” by helping people to be more fully alive in Christ. And we do this in many ways – through our Catholic Charities, through our Religious Education Programs, our Catholic Schools; we do this through our support of our seminarians and priests; we do this by feeding the hungry, serving the poor and sheltering the homeless. We do it in countless ways, but it is only made possible because of the generosity of people like you—people who even in hard economic times keep their support of our Church in their list of major priorities.
I invite you to join me in supporting the ABCD—an invitation to invest yourself, through the gifts that God has given you, in the work of the Church “for the greater glory of God.” Whether you can contribute a lot or a little is not as important as the possibility of making your gifts available to God so that, as a Church, we can continue to give God “glory.”
To be Christian is not a burden; it is a gift – and to make Jesus Christ known to others is a joy. Please make a gift to the ABCD today. Charity is the strength of one, but the power of many.
Thank you and God bless you.
With gratitude and hope,
Most Rev. Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop Of Miami