Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head. These Twelve Days of Christmas give us additional time to reflect on the mind-blowingly humble beginnings of our Lord's life on earth. Jesus' first experience of rejection came in the form of "NO VACANCY" signs on all of the local Bethlehem inns. How many of our brothers and sisters find themselves with no place to lay their heads tonight? My niece Casey is back with the final segment in our 2017 Work It Wednesdays Series on the Corporal Works of Mercy. We cannot all open our homes to those on the street, but we can help provide dignity for our brothers and sisters by helping great organizations like Catholic Services of Acadiana.
Sending tidings of comfort and joy,
We belong, we belong together (Pat Benatar gets it.)
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. – Mother Teresa
As I sit here in my cozy apartment, sheltered from the cold rain with brownies baking in the oven, I’m reminded of our clients. Many of whom are sleeping outside tonight. Cold, alone and anxiously awaiting the next day. I could postpone these thoughts until my work day starts tomorrow at 7:30am and leave them there when I leave for the day at 4:00pm.
We all have the choice to ignore the reality that is homelessness. We can turn our heads away from those who are suffering. We can choose to cling to our hard-earned treasure, keeping it for ourselves and our loved ones. We can remain angry that the choices of “those people” may affect our tax system.
However, that is not what the Lord asks of us. He asks us to see these men and women, not just as clients and certainly not any less than ourselves. We are to view them as our brothers and sisters.
At Catholic Services of Acadiana, there are six core values that guide our work.
The one I want to focus on today is solidarity.
“We believe we are one human family regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, economic or ideological differences. We have a firm and persevering determination towards the common good. We believe we are responsible for and belong to each other.”
I don’t know the story of each and every individual we serve. I don’t even know every face. I don’t know what brought them to our organization. I do know that they are in need of the services we provide. A hot shower, clean laundry, shelter from the cold, a warm meal. These are only a few of the services we are able to provide with your help.
I ask that you consider joining us in our work by making a donation here.
You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join me in becoming a Sustaining Partner of CSA through a monthly gift.
I pray that in the New Year, we are able to choose love. To overlook what we see as failures or shortcomings of others and remember that we belong to one another. May we soon find peace!
Casey Hollier loves loving God's children, old fashioneds, and learning as much as she can from her Aunt Katie. A native of Houma, LA, Casey graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2015 in Public Relations. She now uses her skills to help the poorest of the poor in the Acadiana area. You can look for Casey on IG: caseylhollier.
If you would like to help Catholic Services of Acadiana, please Donate Here.