CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 20 July 2019

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Appeal from Cardinal Tong for Caritas-Hong Kong’s annual fund-raising drive

Caring service for 60 years United we build a bright future

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

“Living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him
who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the body’s growth and builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16)

Although Hong Kong has all the appearances of an affluent and prosperous city, rather distressing pictures showing people from the poorer sectors of society; such as street sleepers, residents of partitioned flats and low income families living in destitute conditions can be gathered from the daily newspapers. They are a call for our concern.

In recent years, another kind of invisible poor that has been emerging warrants our attention. It is manifest in a distancing in human relationships as a result of the prevalence of electronic technology. A growing egotism is also widening the differences in views and values held by society.

Chained locks tighten communication doors and piles of bricks press upon each other’s hearts. Lack of acceptance and tolerance generate ill will among people. This is a challenge to all of us to promote a spirit of mutual aid and cooperation, love and understanding to fill the voids of relational poverty and fatigue deep within hearts and souls, as well as the material deprivations of families, workplaces and society at large.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Caritas-Hong Kong. It began as a small unit mainly looking after the poor and the sick. The agency now has grown into a multi-service non-governmental organisation with over 5,500 full-time staff providing a wide variety of services to meet the needs of people at different stages of life.

Caring service for 60 years — United we build a bright future.Caritas not only plays the role of a servant in the community, it is also a living example of the mercy and love of God.

Love in the service of hope—the aim of Caritas is to help people help themselves to live an enriched life. Ultimately, we can all work hand-in-hand to build a caring and loving society. It must be a joint effort.

Our Lord Jesus Christ wishes the poor and the weak to realise that they are accepted by society and not see themselves as beggars receiving charity; let them feel the contentment of heart, peace, joy and love of the world and have hope in their lives.

Genuine love needs to be expressed in words as well as in deeds. Please support Caritas fund raising activities and live out the spirit of Loving God and Loving People!

With blessings and prayers,

+ JOHN CARDINAL TONG

 

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