Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
We were created in the image and likeness of God who is Love. Understanding that we are made in the image and likeness of God can help us to understand why God put into the humanity of every man and woman the vocation— and thus the capacity and the responsibility— of love and communion. To live out this vocation requires a growth in virtue that leads us to make gifts of ourselves to God and to others.
Pope Francis says, “Charity is born of the call of a God who continues to knock on our doors, the door of all people, to invite us to love, to compassion, to service of one another. Jesus keeps knocking on our doors, the doors of our lives. He doesn’t do this by magic, with special effects, with flashing lights and fireworks. Jesus keeps knocking on our door in the faces of our brothers and sisters, in the faces of our neighbors, in the faces of those at our side.”
The Archdiocese of Miami, through the Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD), opens the door for us all to unite as one community of believers to evangelize by spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, bringing hope to those in need.
I write to you today to ask you to love your neighbors, selflessly and sacrificially. Please consider making a gift to the ABCD so that we can unite to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, care for the sick and dying, and touch the hearts of those in despair. Your generosity will also help us educate our children, assist the poorest of our parishes and schools, and provide shelter for the homeless. Together, we will continue to defend the dignity of all human life, eliminate prejudice, and promote social justice.
Jesus is knocking on your door and inviting you to love and serve those in need through the ABCD. I pray that you will join me in making a gift, a gift blessed with sacrifice, so that we can continue to love others as He has loved us.
Together, we are One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity. Thank you and God bless you.
With sincere gratitude and hope,
Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop of Miami