Our December Intention: Restoring Hope
America is the land of new opportunity. From the start of its history to today, immigrants have arrived in the United States to seek a better life. Catholic Charities is here to offer individuals and families the resources needed to assist with their integration into society and help them build a new life.
Immigration services is offered to contribute to a just and humane society by giving access to legal services, reuniting families and promoting self-esteem through legal status. Just as Mary and Joseph journeyed to Bethlehem seeking refuge, many in our community today arrived in Colorado to seek safety and an improved life.
During this month, as we remember Christ‘s birth and the promise of a bright future, we should pray for families and individuals in need of resources during their journey—and that they will find hope.
Let us pray for the support they need to begin to reestablish their lives and follow Christ.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus Christ on the cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all. Obtain from the wounded heart of Jesus, a complete transformation of my own heart—so as to be filled with the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, humility, charity, self-control and a perfect submission to the will of God. Unified with Christ, let me experience the pains and joys of my neighbor, as you did.
May your intercession, O St. Teresa of Calcutta, keep me away from the evils of this world and help me be a light to others. Teach me to allow Jesus in to my life so that I, too, may radiate His light and love to others.
I come to ask for your intercession on my special intention: to restore hope among all immigrants in America
Why Saint Teresa of Calcutta?
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, now St. Teresa of Calcutta, provides a perfect example for how we must pursue our own mission here at Catholic Charities. She constantly insisted that “everything begins with prayer.” Ultimately, it was her prayer that strengthened her to love like God and to serve like Christ as she tirelessly served the poorest of the poor. She is the perfect model for us!
What do members do?
Members are asked to pray for Catholic Charities and those we serve on a daily basis. New members will receive a prayer card to guide them in their daily prayer, along with a St. Teresa necklace medallion, which will serve as a reminder of their commitment to the society.
General intentions will be emailed to Society members once each month, and specific intentions will be emailed as necessary throughout the year. Catholic Charities will accept members’ prayer intentions and offer them during our weekly Mass in our chapel. They will remain near the tabernacle for several days after having been presented.