Every day at St. Vincent de Paul, we see people who have lost everything but their faith. They may not have enough to eat; they may be too poor to have a prescription filled; and some of them have no homes; but their faith is strong. The assurance that God is in charge carries them forward from one day to the next, and faith gives them the strength they need to survive the most difficult of times.
In today’s world, we are Christ’s eyes, and we see the suffering in our community. We are His hands, and we reach out to others. Why do we become sad when someone else is in pain? Why do our hearts break when we see a grandmother in ragged clothes, or a hungry child? Those are the times we hear Christ’s voice most clearly, asking us to do what is right and good, to do what He would do if He were still here on Earth. Across the ages, He still speaks to us if we will just listen.
People like Frances, in the photo, come to St. Vincent de Paul with nothing but faith and an unshakable belief in the goodness of others. Before coming to our Vincentian Sweet Dreams Shelter, Frances and her twin daughters, Cynthia and Faith, had been abandoned and were evicted from their home. Without us, they would have had nowhere else to go but the streets. We were there for this family in their time of greatest need. Who knows what would have happened to Frances and her precious little girls, or to thousands of others, if we had not been there for them? The future of children like Cynthia and Faith is uncertain, but the possibilities are endless. With faith, all things are possible.
After more than 2,000 years, His message lives on. Our world may have changed, but our faith has not. As disciples of Christ, we are called to love one another, to extend a helping hand to those in. With His help, we can perform miracles. We can turn misery into hope; despair into joy. And through our Vincentian service to others, our own faith is strengthened. What can you do as a disciple to bring Christ’s bright light into the world?