Lenten story: Dreams for Tomorrow

Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

Catholic social teaching inspires and guides how we are to live and work in the world. In this principle, Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers, we remember that, Jesus spent years working as a carpenter. Work is important to help people fulfill their potential. And everyone must receive a fair wage to provide for themselves and their families.

Everyone—you, your parents, your friends—has dreams for the future. Each of the girls has dreams too. They want to learn more and get jobs so they can help their families.

 

Trinh will be different than me. I want her to be fully educated and not drop out of school. It’ll be hard for us at home—but I’m prepared to work to make Trinh’s dreams come true.
-Tien, Trinh’s mother

Trinh dreams of becoming a doctor. “I want to be a doctor to help poor patients,” says Trinh. “When my father is in pain, I want to cure him.”

She knows that if she wants to achieve her dream, she’ll need to attend university. Trinh’s parents are ready to help her get there. “Trinh will be different than me,” her mother, Tien, says. “I want her to be fully educated and not drop out of school. It’ll be hard for us at home—but I’m prepared to work to make Trinh’s dreams come true.”

Maria Ana also wants to help people; she wants to be a nurse. To do this, she will need more education and training beyond the opportunities available in her community.

She’s already preparing. Several times a week, she travels two hours to the nearest city where she earns money cleaning homes. She is also very careful to save money and spend it only on what’s necessary.

Maria Ana feels called to help people be healthy, especially the children she sees in her community who suffer from malnutrition and lack of proper hygiene.

“I want to make my family proud,” she says. “And I want to help my family move forward.”

And Yvone? She wants to be a hairdresser so that she can earn money to help her family. She dreams of one day being able to buy a car and give rides to her family, so they won’t have to walk far distances.

Through CRS, we’re helping all three girls—and their families—achieve their dreams.

 

REFLECT

What are your hopes and dreams for the future? What will you need to do to accomplish those dreams?

Jesus calls each of us to use our gifts and talents in the service of others. What gifts and talents have you been blessed with? How might you use your gifts to help other people?

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