Lenten Reflections 5th Monday in Lent: Hidden Treasures

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Lenten Reflections 5th Monday in Lent: Hidden Treasures

We talked a bit about some of the false memes con­cern­ing the church that are advanced by those who oppose it, The other side of that coin are things done in the name of the church that get ignored. Two examples:

In Worces­ter MA there is a place called Vis­i­ta­tion House that takes in home­less preg­nant women pro­vid­ing hous­ing and teach­ing life skills for these poor women to help them be capa­ble of car­ing for their child

Also in Worces­ter within sight of Planned Par­ent­hood are the offices of Prob­lem Preg­nancy. They pro­vide what­ever it take to allow a women to keep her child from the rent, to a ticket home to a replace­ment wash­ing machine for one that’s bro­ken. they some­how find the cash to get it done.

And way down south in North Car­olina stands Bel­mont Abby Col­lege has a pro­gram where preg­nant col­lege stu­dents can get hous­ing, tuition and child care for up to a year and a half so that such stu­dents can keep their baby with­out sac­ri­fic­ing their education.

All of these pro­grams are run with­out a penny of Gov­ern­ment money and it’s very likely that none of you have heard about them.

After the 5th Sun­day in Lent there is a tra­di­tion of cov­er­ing up stat­ues of the saints and the cru­ci­fixes hid­ing these trea­sures, but for my money the real hid­den trea­sures of the church are the orga­ni­za­tions like these who do spec­tac­u­lar work within our com­mu­ni­ties with­out fan­fare and with­out pub­lic­ity to do God work.

We talked a bit about some of the false memes concerning the church that are advanced by those who oppose it, The other side of that coin are things done in the name of the church that get ignored. Two examples:

In Worcester MA there is a place called Visitation House that takes in homeless pregnant women providing housing and teaching life skills for these poor women to help them be capable of caring for their child

Also in Worcester within sight of Planned Parenthood are the offices of Problem Pregnancy. They provide whatever it take to allow a women to keep her child from the rent, to a ticket home to a replacement washing machine for one that’s broken. they somehow find the cash to get it done.

And way down south in North Carolina stands Belmont Abby College has a program where pregnant college students can get housing, tuition and child care for up to a year and a half so that such students can keep their baby without sacrificing their education.

All of these programs are run without a penny of Government money and it’s very likely that none of you have heard about them.

After the 5th Sunday in Lent there is a tradition of covering up statues of the saints and the crucifixes hiding these treasures, but for my money the real hidden treasures of the church are the organizations like these who do spectacular work within our communities without fanfare and without publicity to do God work.