On the occasion of Jordan’s 73rd Independence Day, His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday, May 25, bestowed medals on a number of leading national institutions and a group of distinguished Jordanian men and women.
The medals, presented during a ceremony marking the occasion, are in appreciation of their contributions to Jordan’s prosperity and progress.
In this context, His Majesty King Abdullah bestowed the Order of Al Istiqlal (Independence) of the first degree on Caritas Jordan, in appreciation for its unstinting charity work and community service in the healthcare, education, youth, and productive sectors over the past 50 years, as well as in appreciation of its efforts to provide shelter for the forcibly displaced and refugees from Iraq and Syria.
It is worthy to note that Caritas Jordan won the 2014 Caritas Award in Lucerne which confirms its high-standard performance represented in providing services to the forcibly displaced, the homeless and the needy people at all times particularly at times of war.
“Caritas” is a German word which means love. Thus, the message of Caritas worldwide is to disseminate love in the form of giving a helping hand to the needy at times of distress, which includes food and shelter among others.
In his address at the regional and national delegations from all over the world participating in the XXI General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis which began Thursday, May 23, His Holiness Pope Francis urged the participants to continue their path along the “three essential elements for the Church ‘on its way’, namely the humility of listening, the charism of togetherness, and the courage of renunciation.”
Caritas Jordan has all the time worked tirelessly to fulfill its love message to the poor and needy by the good work of groups and individuals offering medical and humanitarian services. Its message is stipulated in serving and developing humans without distinctions in race, color, gender or religion. It has all the time been conveying invaluable service by assisting the poor and needy, providing primary medical services to mothers and children, assisting refugees and displaced in addition to victims of wars and disasters, working with governmental and voluntary corporations as well as with Caritas International members to achieve the desired goals.
The role played by Caritas Jordan during the past years has been pivotal and vital as it provided all kinds of humane services to Iraqi and Syrian refugees who lost all hope in life.
Caritas Jordan’s activities have always been a reflection of the message of Lord Jesus as revealed in the Holy Bible. Jesus’ death on the Cross is the greatest achievements in history whatsoever as His death and resurrection brought eternal life to all those who believe in Him. Thus, Lord Jesus’ death on the Cross was a glaring sign of love that nourishes believers spiritually and represents the ultimate sign of love.
Caritas Jordan complements the message of Lord Jesus by expressing love through different tangible means. The love expressed by Caritas manifests the message of Lord Jesus as He says in the Holy Bible,“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”(John 13:34-35) Furthermore, Jesus says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John15:12 ESV)
Caritas Jordan has always been a bright star in bleak and gloomy nights. Its services come at the rights time to reveal Jesus’ message of love. With Lord Jesus’ message of love conveyed by Caritas worldwide, and expressed by Caritas Jordan in particular, there is a glimmer of hope that the world will constantly look better day after day.