Today’s Catholic – President’s Corner Submission for 03/22/19

The Golden Rule Changes Everything

The golden rule is a simple one. In Matthew 7:12, Jesus told his disciples to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This principle is at the core of our Catholic identity. It is certainly at the core of the Catholic Charities mission to serve our community selflessly under the sign of love, from conception until natural death, regardless of race, religion, or national origin. It should be our calling, all of us, to work together to serve all people with love, respect, and dignity. Because of the Golden Rule, we choose to serve all people, not just Catholics, but because of our Catholic identity.

According to Matthew 25: 35, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” An act of service is about looking at the other person through the eyes of Christ to recognize and uphold the dignity of the other. It is not about us, it is about them.

Today, it is easy to lose faith in humanity. Competing interests divide communities, our country, and even our world. However, stop for a moment to think about the many beautiful acts of kindness that make love and hope a more powerful force in our communities. I see it every day in my staff and volunteers as we serve the community to comfort and strengthen the most vulnerable in and around San Antonio. There are those who feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the homeless, shelter the displaced, mentor the young, visit the isolated senior, and so much more. As we near the midway point of 40 Cans for Lent and 40 Days of Service, we see acts of kindness by thousands of volunteers and partnering organizations who help us strengthen the most vulnerable in our community. But, we all can do more by living the Golden Rule.

In partnership with the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the City of San Antonio, Catholic Charities plans to be an example of the Golden Rule to present San Antonio as the city of love. Practicing random acts of kindness are contagious. Think about the homeless person you may drive past on your way to work. Or the elderly neighbor who has no family nearby. Or the single mother who works two jobs to support her children. What can we do to help them? Feed them. Visit them. Treat them.

The effort to be golden in San Antonio will launch with Paint the Town Gold lighting the San Antonio skyline gold as a display of our city’s support of the Golden Rule on April 4th,  the eve of International Golden Rule Day, April 5th, 2019. Businesses are encouraged to participate with The Golden Badge as a sign of support towards the #begoldensa movement and what it represents. Over 100 compassionate partners, from both the non-profit and private sectors, are expected to participate in this community effort.

For inspiration, connect and learn more at begoldensa.org. For daily inspiration, follow us on Facebook at @begoldensa and Instagram at @begoldensa.