The Catholic Church ministers extensively to the bodily needs of people by helping those in need, by seeking to relieve the causes of suffering, and by building up a better life for man. Its vast health care and social welfare systems are found throughout the world.
Although the Church is deeply involved in ministering to the bodily needs of people, it always has Heaven in view and continues to be a light to lead people to eternal life with God.
The Church is the answer to our Lord’s appeal, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).