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The Call to Value and Honor Society's Oldest Members
10/01/2013 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

“The elderly need to be treated with love.”  That was one of the underlying messages of Pope John Paul’s Letter to the Elderly, which he released 14 years ago in October of 1999.  This historic letter should guide us this fall as lawmakers get back to the difficult task of implementing budget cuts in the face of an aging population. 

Pope Shines Light of Hope on Those Most in Need
09/25/2013 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

In simple words that have deeply touched people of all ages and from all walks of life, Pope Francis has shone a new light of hope on those most in need and helped us as faithful Christians examine our hearts and refocus our own priorities.

“Protect with tenderness.”  That is the beautiful command that he gave to each one of us at his installation on March 19, the feast day of St. Joseph, the “custos” or “protector” of Jesus and Mary:

“The vocation of being a “protector”…means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.  …It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness.  In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it.”

Mother Teresa Reminds Us--"It's You and I"
09/25/2013 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

As I watched the news coverage of Pope Francis’ first trip abroad to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day, I couldn’t help but think of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whose feast day we observe September 5.

Mother Teresa was a simple woman.  Cardinal George accurately described her when he said “she was what we saw.”  What we saw was a humble servant of God and of God’s most destitute people.  We watched her demonstrate her tireless commitment to children, the dying, the desperately poor, the hungry and homeless, the sick, the abandoned.  

I can’t help but grin every time I read one of Pope Francis’ tweets, or listen to his thought-provoking appeals directed at the youth of the world.   It is an exciting time in the Church when our 76 year old pontiff is “tweeting” profound messages of love and hope, and encouraging all of us, but especially young faithfuls, to “go out from ourselves… to give ourselves and to serve others.”   

In June, we eagerly anticipate the end of the school year, sunny days, and a slower, more relaxed pace of life.  
But we at Catholic Charities know that not everyone experiences the joys of summer.  In fact, it is during the summer months that some of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters need us the most.  I think particularly of the elderly and disabled who live in tiny, sweltering apartments;  the homeless who have little escape from the heat; and children and teens who lack not only a safe place to spend their days off from school, but who also may not get proper nutrition without the free and reduced price meals they receive at school.