‘Open Your Heart to Christ’ in Annual Catholic Appeal
And one of them tested Him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 35-39)
Scripture teaches us that serving Christ is a fundamental part of our Catholic faith and that serving the Lord means serving others.
Since 1976, the Annual Catholic Appeal has enabled the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington to meet many critical educational, pastoral, charitable and social needs of individuals and families residing in the State of Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
The campaign supports wholly or in part thirty-seven ministries and is a fundamental source of income for the diocese generating more than $4.5 million each year.
The 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal with its theme, “Open Your Heart to Christ” is taken from the Gospel of St. John (9:1-41) that centers on the correlation and distinction between physical and spiritual blindness. In St. John’s account of Jesus restoring the sight of the blind man, he reminds us that we were all born blind and were groping in spiritual darkness until at Baptism we began our journey of faith in the likeness of Christ. The life we receive at Baptism gives us the power to bring Christ to everything we do and to every person we meet. Light is a symbol of life with Christ and darkness is the image for sinfulness and unbelief. Each of us is meant to be a beacon of light showing others how to live and giving direction to their lives by our good example.
Participation in the Appeal allows each of us to open our hearts to Christ and to share what we have with others who are in need.