I got a letter from Chalice during the holidays. There were some interesting highlights, especially this one:
CHALICE is not and NGO that helps create dependency; it’s a family that helps form good Christians and honest citizens.
Their workshops with children also include, among other things, “Christian formation”.
In other words, they don’t just feed the poor and clothe the naked, they also pass on the Faith through evangelization. Isn’t that what an authentic Catholic charity should be doing? Why should we be embarrassed to preach the Good News while we’re supporting their livelihood, education and financial independence? Isn’t their spiritual well-being more important than their physical well-being? Don’t take my word for it, listen to Jesus Christ: “For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?” (Mark 8:36)
Frankly, I admire Chalice’s balanced and compassionate approach, caring for both the body and the soul.
When did you ever hear something like that from Development and Peace? I don’t recall seeing any material on their site about evangelization. What a shame. Pope Francis told us that the Church shouldn’t simply be an NGO. Unfortunately, that’s what D&P really is.