Yesterday, on “Black Friday”, millions of people spent billions of dollars on gifts for Christmas. Many people were looking for discounts on items, others simply enjoy the atmosphere of the busiest shopping day of the year, almost as if it is a holiday unto itself.
“Jesus was born rejected by some and regarded by many others with indifference,” Pope Francis said, speaking about Christmas. “Today also the same indifference can exist, when Christmas becomes a feast where the protagonists are ourselves, rather than Jesus; when the lights of commerce cast the light of God into the shadows; when we are concerned for gifts, but cold toward those who are marginalized. This worldliness has taken Christmas hostage. It needs to be freed.”
If we become so enveloped in the commercialized aspects of Christmas gifts, we can often forget the spirit in which these gifts should be given. We forget those who are not as fortunate, those who society has rejected, those who receive no gifts.
Pope Francis is not suggesting to give less Christmas gifts. He himself gives gifts every year, both to those who work at the Vatican and also to the less fortunate, such as the homeless and those affected by war and persecution. Pope Francis is suggesting that we give MORE. More of ourselves. More of the mercy we have received. More of the love that God showed us by giving the greatest gift of all time; the free gift of Christ’s salvation.
This year, consider giving through MISSIO, a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform that allows you to directly help provide aid and assistance to the poorest areas around the world with the most need created by Pope Francis himself.
With MISSIO you also have the opportunity to give vital medicine to children with HIV in India, provide basic school supplies for children in Cameroon, provide shelter to homeless children in the Philippines, or support Pope Francis’ personal missionary fund serving over 1,000 dioceses around the globe
Choose one of these missions, or one of the many others on MISSIO, knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly there. You can also share them on social media so others can support the projects as well.
MISSIO is powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies, the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas missions since 1822, providing for a global network of people who are making a difference for communities in need around the globe.
Check out MISSIO today and start giving!