We have seen a growing demand for families and individuals in need of food in my community of Charlottesville, Virginia. My parish, Church of the Incarnation, has a Food Ministry and is now feeding 140+ families every week. My fraternity agreed to do something for the Year of Mercy, and an opportunity came up to help with the Corporal Work of Mercy — “Feed the Hungry.”
Trader Joe’s is a very generous grocery store who is donating a large amount of food every Saturday to our Food Ministry. My fraternity agreed to help with a monthly pick-up, where we have been filling 5 SUVs full of fresh produce, breads, meats, cheeses, and cut flowers to bring back to the food pantry. This has been a very rewarding act of mercy, that has brought our fraternity closer together, in fellowship helping others. A BIG thanks to Trader Joe’s who’s support has brought bountiful nutrition to the poor and needy in this Year of Mercy. Please join me in the prayer below from Pope Francis to end hunger.
Pax Et Bonum,
John Clem, O.F.S.
Mount LaVerna Fraternity, Charlottesville, Virginia website
POPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER TO END HUNGER
O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we
might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty.
You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and to
teach us your Law of Love. Through His death and
resurrection, we have been formed into one human family.
Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food – even
transforming five loaves and two fish into a banquet that
served five thousand and many more.
We come before you, O God, conscious of our faults and
failures, but full of hope, to share food with all members in
this global family.
Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of
business, as well as all the world’s citizens, to find just, and
charitable solutions to end hunger by assuring that all people
enjoy the right to food.
Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for
Divine Judgment, we can proclaim ourselves as “One Human
Family” with “Food for All”, Amen.