Building a Culture of Donation

Are you really witnessing the faith?
by Catholic.net Staff Writer | Source: Catholic.net


Why some people hesitate to make a donation, to give an economic aid to a person in need?

Maybe because they doubt the veracity of the need, or they might doubt the honesty of the person, or the institutions that request money to survive, it may also be because they wonder how come the people asking for money don’t find other ways to meet their needs, as another person or company would.

As the person in charge of the fundraising for Catholic.net, I want to explain to our users the reasons for which we need your economic support:
1. Because we cannot set a price for God’s gifts. We cannot charge for the service we give. “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give” (Matthew 10: 8).

2.  Because God's Kingdom on the Earth is handled by human beings who need material goods to evangelize.

As many of you know, Catholic.net’s mission is to transform the culture, putting new online technologies to the service of the Kingdom of Christ. In order to achieve this, we work on hundreds of projects that include many of the aspects necessary for our brothers and sisters’ spiritual growth and eternal salvation: We give attention to the family, to the youth, to the priests, religious, catechists, educators, businessmen, liberal professionals, laymen, everyone! We provide you the tools to develop prayer life and knowledge of God.

We promote open forums in which you can learn about the faith and share your struggles with other likeminded Catholics. We offer experts’ guidance, answering your questions, petitions, requests, prayer intentions, and much more.

In all these services, our focus has always been to extend God's Kingdom among men. Indeed, it humbles us that many of you share your testimonies, letting us know how our Lord has used Catholic.net to help you. At the same time, we have not heard as much back from you when we shared our economic needs to keep serving you and others for the greater glory of God. Why would this be? Would you please let us know how we can improve so that you would feel compelled to join as donor on Catholic.net’s work of evangelization? Please write to: Contact@Catholic.net.

What are the alms, donation or economic aid?
Pope Benedict XVI, in his letter for the 2008 Lent, says among other things that: “The alms represent a concrete way of helping the needy ones and, at the same time, an ascetic exercise to be liberated from the attachment to the earthly goods... The Alms help us to conquer this constant temptation, educating us to helping the neighbor in his needs and to sharing with the others what we possess for divine kindness ".

Catholic.net and the Church in general have always needed the laymen to join in the evangelization efforts through financial support. This practice comes from the Apostles themselves “So if the gentiles have taken part in their spiritual goods, they in turn must serve them with their temporary goods" (Romans 15: 27). Saint Paul asked for financial support for his missionary trips (Romans 15:24) and taught that sharing on material gifts is loving the other, it is a concrete sign of giving of oneself to the other (2 Corinthians 8:5). Additionally, the early church shared all things (Acts 2:42). In many passages of the New Testament, we see that the Church has always needed the financial support of the faithful. It is not important how much you give, but how faithfully you give, remember Our Lord’s praising the poor widow’s generosity even on her financial hardship (John 6:9).

Culture of Donation
What does it mean to promote a culture of donation? It means to answer positively to the Catholic conscience of each baptized person. Through baptism we received the grace to be Church.  We are all Church, and not only to receive but also to give. Indeed, there is more blessing in giving than in receiving (Acts 20:35).

Promoting a Culture of Donation implies admitting that in proportion to what Christ has given us he is expecting our contribution. We are called to love our neighbor as he has loved us (John 13:34). We ought to follow the example of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:29). He saw the need of his neighbor and came to him at once, without waiting for remuneration, without asking himself whether his neighbor was deserving help or not. Instead, he looked at the gravely injured man and decided to be Christ to him.

Without giving, how can we experience love? Love does not seek its own interests (1 Corinthians 13: 5). How much need we have of filling our sometimes empty heart. But as children of God we will always carry a void that can only be filled when we become Christ to others, when we get out of our comfort zone to make our neighbor the center of attentions for love of him, for love of Christ. If Catholic.net has ever been a blessing to you, would you consider loving your neighbor by financially supporting this apostolate so that we can extend this blessing to brothers and sister who are yet to experience the blessing that you have received. If so, please make a secure donation now:
https://secure.entango.com/donate/cjaRXsCyVi4

Check List: Are you really witnessing the faith?
• Are you able to indentify good things that you have helped the Church achieve?
• Are you actively involved in advancing the reaching of the Mystical Body of Christ, that is his Church?
• Have you taken part on you Parish’s mission by being an active member of your parish community?
• Do you publicly proclaim that you are a loyal Catholic to Christ, to the teachings of the Holy Mother Church and to the Holy Father, who is the Vicar of Christ?
• How often do you make concrete acts of charity for the Kingdom of Christ?

How can we concretely help the Church?
"The salvation of some depends on the prayer and on the sacrifice of the others ." -Pius XII.

Not all of us have the same economic resources, or the same talents, but we all have been baptized in the same Spirit and pledged on our Confirmation to defend the One True Church. God does not ask of you more that you can give.  Answer with all sincerity: What can you give? How can you witness to the Church that you are not the bountiful son who has forgotten his family?  According to the talents our Lord has given you, what can you commit to Christ today?

After this reflection, you can search where to materialize your contribution. The life of the Church in Christian community gives place to multiple associations that are effective for advertising the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all men. A vast number of apostolates contribute to the common good with their unique charitable response to the most varied realities and social needs. One of these apostolates is Catholic.net.

Catholic.net is an option to concretely help the Church. Catholic.net  is a tool to make our Lord known even in the most isolated and unlike places.

Catholic.net is a virtual space for Catholics on the net, a non-profit organization that seeks through prayer and work build God’s Kingdom. Catholic.net achievements are truly result of a team-effort, in which God is the head coach, and his greater glory is the only goal.

Catholic.net does not charge for its services, we deliver them without intention of having economic earnings, the only motive is to help the salvation of souls. However, to do so we incur many operational expenses with computers and professional staff (1 Corinthians 9:14), which are necessary to deliver to you the services that we do. The financial support of apostolates is a benediction. The donations are not a favor done to God, but our opportunity to be able to contribute with something that God himself has given us in the first place. 

We are urged by Christ's love to sacrifice of ourselves for his sake as it is mentioned on 2 Corinthians 5:14. Do you want to live this word through Catholic.net and expend God’s blessing to others? Then, click here to make your secure donation:
https://secure.entango.com/donate/cjaRXsCyVi4 

God bless you,

Pilar Bacha de Camargo
Fundraising Catholic.net



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