Searching for Jesus!

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During Holy Week, as we commemorate His last days on earth, people throughout the world are searching for Christ.  At St. Vincent de Paul, we see His face every day in those we are blessed to serve.
 
Two thousand years ago, He told us to love and care for one another, and that’s more important today than ever before.  Jesus was speaking across the ages to you and me when He said, “I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me.”  In this simple statement, He told each of us where to find Him.  It is in Christ – the image of the invisible God – that we were created, and if we look beyond appearance, clothes, or status, we’ll see His beautiful face.
 
At St. Vincent de Paul, we see every person as a child of God, and it’s a privilege to serve them on His behalf.  The need is urgent, and the numbers are staggering.  Last year, we provided 27,000 guest nights of shelter; served 267,072 meals; and filled prescriptions worth more than a million dollars.  But we don’t care for numbers – we care for people.  We never forget that every number represents an individual with a name and a story. 
 
If you walked through our facilities, you might see a young mother rocking a baby at our Sweet Dreams Shelter.  In our dining room, an elderly man eats a hot meal with hands that are trembling – whether from age or hunger, it’s hard to tell.  At our pharmacy, a middle-aged woman opens a shabby purse and removes a prescription that should have been filled weeks ago.  These are the people we serve.  These are the faces of Christ.
 
To see the faces of the individuals who come to us – like those in the photos above – is to witness suffering and anxiety transformed into relief and joy.  A nourishing meal; a warm bed and the safety of four walls; a life-sustaining medication; these are all prayers that Christ is answering through people like you.
 
Every member of the St. Vincent de Paul family is responding to Christ’s command to reach out to those in need.  Young or old, rich or poor, we know that Christ resides in each of our guests and in the people who support our good works.
 
You are an important member of our St. Vincent de Paul family, and we want to express our gratitude for your past support with a heartfelt “Thank You!”  If you have not already given an Easter financial gift, we hope you will support our efforts and give online through our website donation page. Most importantly, we ask you to pray for those who come to us in desperate need. 
 
Christ still speaks to us, and His message remains unchanged:  “Love one another.”  This Easter, we pray that you will be able to sense His presence in everyone and everything around you.