Charity Wisdom

EASTERTIDE (April – June 2019)

From centuries ago, the words of our founders still resound, full of wisdom and insight for us today, in our third century of living lives of love. Our holy ones, Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton, Louise de Marillac, and Vincent de Paul lived deep within the mystery of Christ’s dying and rising. In it they found the power to give their whole selves in love for those most in need, just as Christ did.

CHARITY WISDOM FROM OUR FOUNDERS

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON

Imitate the patience of him we adore….Persevere with yet more earnestness, and rejoice to bear your share in the cross which is our passport and seal to the kingdom of our Redeemer.

We are never strong enough to bear our cross, it is the cross which carries us, nor so weak as to be unable to bear it since the weakest become strong by its virtue.

Imagine…all with the devotion of Saints,…singing the hymn of the Resurrection; when they come to the words “Peace be to all here” it seems as if our Lord is again acting over the scene that passed with the assembled disciples.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

Is there any risk in loving God? Can we love Him too much? Can there be any excess in something so holy and divine? Can we ever have sufficient love for God, who is infinitely loveable? It’s true that we can never love God enough and can never go to excess in this love if we consider what God deserves from us.

ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC

To choose the life of Jesus Crucified as the model for our lives so that His Resurrection may be a means for glory for us in eternity.

Offer yourself frequently to Him and ask Him what He wants you to do. Do not worry about your strength. Rest assured that you will receive all that is necessary from the goodness of God.

CHARITY WISDOM FROM OUR FRIENDS

…[.Mary] was blessed because she believed, [she] sees blossom from her faith a new future and awaits God’s tomorrow with expectation. At times I think: do we know how to wait for God’s tomorrow? Or do we want it today? For her the tomorrow of God is the dawn of Easter morning, the dawn of the first day of the week. It would do us good to think, in contemplation, of the embrace of mother and son. The single lamp lit at the tomb of Jesus is the hope of the mother, which in that moment is the hope of all humanity. (Pope Francis)

What happened to Jesus in Resurrection is what will happen (or perhaps has already happened) to people who die in Christ….In the glorified Jesus the human race has entered, in principle, into the eternal life of God. (Sandra Schneiders, IHM)

Physicists today would say that loss of energy or matter is not real. There is only transformation. Think of the changes water goes through on its journey from cloud (vapor) to liquid (rain) or solid (ice) and back to vapor. What may look like loss or death is in fact a becoming. Christians call this pattern the paschal mystery….To avoid the death of your small, separate self is to avoid transformation into God, into union, into something more. (Richard Rohr, OFM)

What does love look like?

It has the hands to help others.

It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.

It has eyes to see misery and want.

It has the ears to hear people’s sighs and sorrows.

That is what love looks like. (Saint Augustine)