To love someone is to desire that person’s good and to take effective steps to secure it. Besides the good of the individual, there is a good that is linked to living in society: the common good. It is the good of “all of us”, made up of individuals, families and intermediate groups who together constitute society. It is a good that is sought not for its own sake, but for the people who belong to the social community and who can only really and effectively pursue their good within it.
– Caritas in Veritate (“In Charity and Truth”), Pope Benedict XVI, 2009 #7.
Build Community & Lasting Connections
In our Catholic faith, we are One Body in Christ. As One Body, we are called to care for all. That is, establish the common good. This can be done through family, community and participation.
The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society—in economics and politics, in law and policy—directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Catholic Charities’ driving force is not found in any one program or service location; it is found in the beautifully diverse community of clients, volunteers, staff, and supporters who come together to celebrate each other’s contribution and potential. In everything we do, we strive to create solidarity through real community and lasting connections to each other.