Our Church is called to put “two feet of love in action,” as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops term it. We meet direct needs through charitable works and seek systemic change through social justice advocacy. Catholic parishes and organizations in St. Louis offer food pantries, shelter, and rental assistance, while other groups fight to combat hunger, homelessness, and poverty. In my own experience, I find that my or others’ direct experience is often a motivator for seeking large scale, systemic change.
Right now, many of us throughout the Archdiocese feel worried and grief-stricken by a future that seems so uncertain. While it’s true that many of the changes in store will be painful, the Gospel call to put our faith into action by charitable works and social justice remains. How might we acknowledge our pain, while also taking this opportunity of great change to create the Church and wider community that we want to see? Times of turmoil can be an impetus for moving into action if we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us.”
All Things New is an initiative that will evaluate the effectiveness of the Church in St. Louis in proclaiming the Gospel and will identify opportunities for improvement and renewal within all parishes, schools and curia offices and agencies. When we become better stewards of God’s gifts, we can improve our social outreach efforts with help from people like Christine.