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When my oldest son was in high school he volunteered one day a week at a low-income housing program. After school, he would drive over to the center and spend about an hour or two just hanging out with some of the young kids. He would read books to them, color with them, or maybe play outside with the older ones in the fenced in blacktop area.

I never heard him complain once about going there. Even when he was swamped with homework or had to miss some kind of sports practice or event, he always went. He’d come home and tell the rest of the family about his experience when we sat down to dinner. We didn’t hear a lot, but getting the small amount we did out of my teenaged son said a lot about how much it meant to him.

I know that his visits to the center have made an impact on the way he lives out his faith. It’s given him a tangible way to put some of what he’s learned about his faith into practice.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, let us remember that we all should strive more to live out our commitment to the Christian life. And that can manifest itself in many ways—one of them being service. Finding service opportunities is a great way to demonstrate our commitment to the faith and become witnesses to others in what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."