Throughout the Bible and in Sacred Tradition, there are times when Our Lord and the Angels appeared in disguise, to unsuspecting people, as the poor.
In Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews, he writes “And hospitality do not forget; for by this some, being not aware of it, have entertained angels.” (Hebrews 13:2). This type of occurrence where Angels disguise themselves as poor strangers is seen explicitly in Genesis, when Lot hosts, protects, and shows charity to two men, who turn out to be Angels.
Perhaps the most famous example is when Saint Martin of Tours came about a poor and naked beggar. Saint Martin dismounted his horse and used his sword to cut his cloak in half to clothe the beggar. Then in a vision, he saw that the man was actually Christ in disguise.
These examples and others like them are crystallized in Christ’s words: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Whenever we give alms to the poor, even if it isn’t a mystical experience, we are giving directly to Christ.
In the season of Lent, one requirement for Catholics is Almsgiving.
One particular resource that will help you to give this Lent is MISSIO, a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies that allows you to donate directly to those in the most need.
MISSIO allows you to search through vital charity projects, donate directly to them, and share them on social media so others can support the projects also.
Launched by Pope Francis himself, the MISSIO platform offers a direct connection to change-makers who work on the “front lines” making a difference for the poor and marginalized through direct, daily service.
This Lent you can use the MISSIO platform to:
- Donate to support projects that will change lives for the better.
- Share the needs of others around the world with friends and family through social media.
- Interact with religious Sisters and Brothers, priests and dedicated lay leaders who provide help and hope in the world’s poorest places on each project’s message board.
One example of the types of projects you can support on MISSIO is missionary activities among the desperately poor children in Haiti, particularly in the Anse-à-Veau area.
The project activities include feeding 30-40 hungry children daily at the rectory, providing clean drinking water for the community, assisting with student tuitions, taking care of a handicapped priest, providing a job for two assistants, helping those with medical needs, intervening in deliverance ministry, helping to sustain a missionary community, and more! With MISSIO you can give directly to the people running and benefitting from this project!
MISSIO is powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies, the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas missions since 1822, providing for a global network of people who are making a difference for communities in need around the globe.
Check out MISSIO today and start giving!