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10 September 2015
The Franciscan Sisters of the Cross in Lebanon help care for the mentally and
physically handicapped. (photo: CNEWA)
Between now and 1 November (All Saints’ Day), the first $100,000 donated to help the sisters in CNEWA’s world will be matched dollar for dollar.
This past week, CNEWA received the following letter from a loyal donor. During this Year of Sisters, he shares our belief that supporting the compassionate women of the Church has never been more important:
As a California businessman, I have always tried to get the biggest bang for the buck. I saw no reason that I should view religious affairs differently. Jesus, in one of his parables (Luke 16), seems to acknowledge the skill of worldly managers as greater than those of the light, and suggests we learn from them.
I remember my early years in Catholic education, and the huge impact the sisters made on me and my classmates. Who can overlook the life commitment these women made, and the opportunity to have a family that they gave up? What a statement of faith and love.
As a result of the sacrifices of many young women like these, the backbone of the Catholic Church in the United States was formed. They were never in the headlines, but were present, telling their story of faith in a quiet but very real way.
This same opportunity presents itself today in the third world, a world of grinding poverty and war. So many young women are ready to sacrifice, but unable to do so for lack of resources.
What is the solution? How might we be shrewd managers?
Well, CNEWA has come up with a plan: when you send a dollar to train and educate a young woman in a novitiate, another donor has agreed to add a matching dollar.
Doubling the amount you give to a good cause will always be a good investment. It also increases the number of good people who can join together, to not only make the world a better place, but also build up the Church.
That sounds like something in which everyone wins. So won’t you join me in participating in this wonderful project? Together we can make a difference.”
Your gift to CNEWA is worth double if received by 1 November. Please click here to give what you can. Thank you!