The Gospel parable speaks of gifts. It tells us that we have received talents from God, “according to ability of each” (Mt 25:15). Before all else, let us realize this: we do have talents; in God’s eyes, we are “talented”. Consequently, no one can think that he or she is useless, so poor as to be incapable of giving something to others. We are chosen and blessed by God, who wants to fill us with his gifts, more than any father or mother does with their own children. And God, in whose eyes no child can be neglected, entrusts to each of us a mission.
Filipino Catholics will wear red on Nov. 22, to show solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world. The campaign called Red Wednesday will be launched in the country by the Aid to the Church in Need, a global Catholic group that supports Christian communities suffering from persecution. The event aims to create awareness among Filipinos about the severity of Christian persecution around the world.
“Red is the color of martyrdom in the Christian faith,” read the group’s statement.
The 2017 Christmas Concert will be held again in the Vatican this year on December 16. The funds collected will be allocated to educational projects for young people and children: one of the Don Bosco Foundation in the World and another of the organization of pontifical right Scholas Occurrentes.
The “two projects have two points in common: children and young people.”
Scholas’ Director said that they are “working with young people against ‘cyber-bullying,’” and to do so, they are “using the Internet, in addition to art, culture, and sport.”