This week Ave Explores: Faith in Action focuses on standing up for the lives of the human family through acts of charity and social change. You will learn from those who are on the front lines of protecting the dignity of life, caring for the marginalized, and serving those who are most in need.
Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei., S.V., joined the Sisters of Life thirteen years ago, choosing the order because of its charism to protect and defend life. She shares how advocating life is not so much being “against” something, but being “for” the goodness of life.
Steve Camilleri, executive director of the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, Indiana, explains how each of us are called to use our gifts to help those who need food, shelter, clothing, and financial assistance, not only tangibly, but also by loving and engaging them.
Fr. Josh Johnson, the pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Amant, Louisiana, gives an overview of the work his parish has done to build a community center that welcomes those in need. The café is a labor of love for parishioners who have learned and embraced the ministry of hospitality.
Sr. Marilyn Lacey, R.S.M., founder and executive director of Mercy Beyond Borders, explores how our faith is meant to motivate us to act. She explains that Mercy Beyond Borders challenges all forms of injustice and helps those in need to overcome oppression and to be transformed by Christ.
“When we provide these needs, we are helping to love others with the very love of Jesus Christ.”
In this week's Ave Explores Showcase, Sr. Miriam MacLean’s work at Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana is remarkably simple: serve Christ’s poor. The organization offers meal boxes, rent and utilities assistance, a toiletry pantry, and counseling services, but just as importantly, she wants each client to know the Lord’s love.
Faith in Action CHALLENGE: Help someone carry Christ’s cross by clothing the naked, caring for the sick or imprisoned, and burying the dead.A unique challenge by Mary Pezzulo, a columnist with Patheos, to perform one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.
As a young man, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati gave a radical gift of himself to the poor of Turin, Italy, and worked for social reforms. Much of his service was hidden because he knew his wealthy parents didn’t approve.