The Francis Project
Welcome to CTK Service Team's Lenten Project
Over the next few weeks in Lent we will be collecting items after all Sunday masses (February 18th-March 18th). After Lent we will compile the items and go hand them out to our brothers and sisters in need (April 7th & 14th).
Please bring the following items and leave them in the CTK Service Team Box in the Gathering Area.
A few of our CTK Service Team members will be there to assist you and provide any additional information!
Please bring the following items:
Crackers (individual packs)
T-shirts (M, L, or XL)
"Over these two thousand years, how many pages of history have been written by Christians who, in utter simplicity and humility, and with generous and creative charity, have served their poorest brothers and sisters!
The most outstanding example is that of Francis of Assisi, followed by many other holy men and women over the centuries. He was not satisfied to embrace lepers and give them alms, but chose to go to Gubbio to stay with them. He saw this meeting as the turning point of his conversion: “When I was in my sins, it seemed a thing too bitter to look on lepers, and the Lord himself led me among them and I showed them mercy. And when I left them, what had seemed bitter to me was changed into sweetness of mind and body” (Text 1-3: FF 110). This testimony shows the transformative power of charity and the Christian way of life.
Let us, then, take as our example Saint Francis and his witness of authentic poverty. Precisely because he kept his gaze fixed on Christ, Francis was able to see and serve him in the poor. If we want to help change history and promote real development, we need to hear the cry of the poor and commit ourselves to ending their marginalization. At the same time, I ask the poor in our cities and our communities not to lose the sense of evangelical poverty that is part of their daily life."