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Got a Light?

Look at the world. Look at the state of it. What do you see?

The sun rises over the village of Rabango, Kenya.

The sun rises over the village of Rabango, Kenya. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

When you look upon the world as illuminated by the Light of Grace, you see a different place than those who choose only sunlight and electricity.

Water covers two-thirds of our planet. It would seem the most abundant of resources. Yet, looking at water in the right light shows that many millions of people lack this basic good, a necessity for survival. And, usually, giving them a bottle of it doesn't make the problem go away. Here's just one way you support a lasting solution for your poorest brothers and sisters overseas.

Look at a cup of coffee. In that cup is the world's second-most-traded commodity, exceeded only by crude oil. But behind the caffeinated commodity is a world of suppliers who live on the edge of disaster, fully dependent on the next harvest for their continued existence. You see the lives and the challenges documented here in Coffeelands. Your support brings them good reason to hope for their future.

Even those who don't belong to our Church, but seek to help the poor of the world, acknowledge that what you and our Church have done—and continue to do—stands as a benchmark of compassion. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in California, has high praise for our work.

For 70 years, the Church has directed Catholic Relief Services to look with true light on the world, to find and walk alongside the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth. Your support, your life and your light not only make this possible, but make it a success.

Thank you for helping others live and work in the Light of Grace.

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