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We must live the faith with our actions

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Christ has no body now but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks with compassion into this world. Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world. Simply stated, St. Teresa of Avila reminds us that we are the eyes, hands and feet of Christ.

While some objects, such as statues, relics and crosses, are to be venerated as symbols of Christ, these objects cannot serve as the body of Christ in today’s world; but people can. St. Teresa of Avila’s quote is meant to show us that we are His eyes, hands and feet, and now we are to see, go and act on His behalf. It is a call to action to be instruments of Jesus and to make God present in our everyday life.

We witness the real hands and feet of Jesus in the work of the Archdiocese of Miami above and beyond the good work in our parishes. It is evident in our efforts to preserve the dignity of all human life, and in our commitment to the poor, homeless, needy, elderly and sick. It lives in the hearts and minds of the children in our schools and religious education programs, as well as those serving in our life-changing ministries and programs. And remarkably, it is witnessed in you when you support the Archbishop’s Charity and Development Drive (ABCD) by making it all possible.

As a Catholic community, we embrace the call to action to make God present in all our lives. For many of us, our commitment to the Archdiocese of Miami, through the ABCD, allows us to be part of that active witness of our faith. The ABCD serves our community by giving hope to the hopeless, strengthening the faith of the discouraged and providing charity to those most in need.

Today, I write to you to ask you to prayerfully consider how you can be the eyes, hands and feet of Jesus by acknowledging the vital role you play in our universal Church through the support of the ABCD. Your gift to the ABCD allows the Archdiocese of Miami to help those in need just as He calls us to. Please join me in mirroring the love of Christ by putting our faith into action and make a gift of hope today.

Let us be One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity. It is not enough to say we are Christians: We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.

Thank you and God bless you!

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