Appeal from Cardinal Tong for Caritas-Hong Kong’s annual fund-raising drive
Hand in hand let us create 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)
Each year, when Caritas launches its annual Fund Raising Campaign, I make an appeal to you hoping that you will donate for love and give for charity.
I trust you will understand that the essence behind donations and sharing is not only doing good for others, but also responding to the inner call from our own hearts, as well as glorifying God for the many gifts he has bestowed on us.
In our life journey, we have encountered different challenges. Some people are more fortunate, while some are not.
Nevertheless, with love and care, faith and hope, we are linked together; and through life’s impact on life, we may all bear witness to the boundless love of God.
Although we may never have met each other, if we are willing, we can extend our hands to give warmth to others and open our hearts to share God’s blessings with them.
People have different strengths and talents. Living together in a community, we do need a division of work, to render our assistance to make up for another’s deficiencies and optimise the power of interaction.
I strongly believe that when we work hand in hand and heart to heart, we can together create a beautiful tomorrow; the poor and the weak will not be left unattended. With mutual support and concerted effort, we will surely be granted God’s plenteous blessings with which we may live together with joy and peace, with love and friendliness.
“If one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others, with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness” (Roman 12:8)
Regardless of the amount we give, our charitable deeds in God’s name will always bear much fruit. Every little drop of kindness is like the morning dew that moistens all things on earth.
Our merciful and selfless contribution does not seek material return. For God’s love is boundless and fulfills all our needs.
Please support Caritas’ various fund raising activities. Use your heart to feel the breadth, the length, the height and the depth of God’s love.
With my blessings and prayers,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ JOHN CARDINAL TONG
Solemnity of the Assumption 2012