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We witness to Christ when we do good toward others

03_St-Jude-Food-Pantry_DetroitSt. Jude Food Pantry, Detroit

In their pastoral letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, the U.S. bishops remind us that, as faithful disciples, we are obligated to witness Christ by blessing others in mercy and love:

Disciples give thanks to God for gifts received and strive to share them with others. That is why, as Vatican II says of the Eucharist, “if this celebration is to be sincere and thorough, it must lead to various works of charity and mutual help, as well as to missionary activity and to different forms of Christian witness.”

When we share our God-given gifts with others in prayer, service, and generosity, we live the theme of this year’s Catholic Services Appeal, Opening Doors to Witness Christ. Through our support of the ministries, programs, and services the CSA funds and the countless spiritual and temporal benefits they provide, we witness Christ’s mercy and love to thousands of people in southeast Michigan and beyond.

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron has charged all faithful in our Archdiocese to join together as a “joyful band of missionary disciples” in a spirit of evangelization. Generously sharing ourselves and our gifts through the CSA allows us to witness our discipleship in Christ through our love of one another. This “attitude of gratitude” also provides growth in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.