Friday, August 20, 2010

Haiti, Knights of Columbus, and Kids Without Limbs

Sometimes it's nice to get your name in the paper. Or the name of an organization you're with in the news:
"Knights of Columbus Aid Haitians Who Lost Limbs"
Zenit (August 19, 2010)

"Donate 2,200 Wheelchairs to Quake Victims

"The Knights of Columbus announced a program to help the estimated 800 Haitian children who lost limbs in the Jan. 12 earthquake.

"The charitable organization committed to provide $1 million for prosthetic limbs and therapy for all of the children who lost an arm or a leg in the earthquake.

"The program, 'Hope for Haiti's Children,' will be administered by Medishare, which operates the University of Miami/Medishare Hospital in Port au Prince, and is the premier children's medical facility in that country...."
I've been a member of the Knights of Columbus for - years. Each year I spend two hours in the K. of C. Bingo booth at Stearns County Fair, calling out numbers. It's one of the local council's major fundraisers.

I don't know how much of that $1,000,000 came from our part of central Minnesota: but I'm pretty sure some did.

What's the big deal?

There are kids in Haiti who will have a bit less trouble moving around as a result of what Knights of Columbus and Medishare did. I think that's a good idea.

We're able to help: and so we should. I've been working my way through a recent document from the Holy See, Caritas in Veritate: a title that can be translated as "Charity in Truth." Looking at my link page for the posts I've written about it, I see that I'm letting that task slip. Maybe this weekend.

Bottom line, though: I don't think I'm working my way into heaven by putting in time at a Bingo booth. (August 8, 2010)

On the other hand, "charity" is one of the three theological virtues: and I figure that helping an outfit that does things for others - including folks who aren't likely to be able to return the favor any time soon - counts as "charity." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1813, 1822-1826)

So, why do I help the Knights of Columbus do charitable works? Because I can, and since I can - because I'm supposed to.

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