Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who was well known for her kindness to the poor. Elizabeth was born in the 13th century and was very wealthy, but constantly gave her possessions to the poor. You can read more about her life here.
Reflecting on her life reminds us of our own responsibility to those in need. As Jesus said, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him and say, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?” And the king will say to them in reply, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:34-40)
There are many charitable organizations that could use our assistance. Check our website for some recommendations. There are also many food drives taking place at this time of year. It’s also important to remember that the “poor” aren’t only those with few possessions. Some people are poorly educated in their Faith and you can help them learn more about Christ, others are lonely or sad and you can assist them by a kind word or deed. However we do it, when we reach out to the poor we are helping Jesus Himself!