The greatest commandment is the law to LOVE GOD with one’s whole heart and one’s neighbor as oneself (Mt. 22:37-40). Christ has made this love of the neighbor HIS personal commandment and has enriched it with a new meaning... “when you showed it to one of the least of my brothers and sisters here, you did it to ME” -- “…Por mi mismo lo hicieron” (Mt. 25:40)—to help the poor, to encounter Christ among the poor.


  1. To Bring LOVE …

“Charitable action today can and should reach all people and all needs. Wherever men are to be found who are in want of food and drink, of clothing, housing, medicine, work, education, the means necessary for leading a truly human life, wherever there are men racked by misfortune or illness, men suffering exile or imprisonment, Christian charity should go in search of them and find them out, comfort them with devoted care and give them the help that will relieve their needs…” (Vatican Council II, Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People Apostolicam Actuositatem, 18 November 1965, chapter II, p. #8 (Charitable Works and Social Aid)

  1. To Encounter LOVE…

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).