Ordinary Time (January – March 2019)
From centuries ago, the words of our founders still resound, full of wisdom and insight for today. Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton, Vincent de Paul, and Louise de Marillac guide us as we walk in Christ’s footsteps. They are our mentors in the way of Charity. With them, we seek to welcome the stranger and bring Good News to those on the margins.
Charity Wisdom from Our Founders
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON
I trust all to the Mercy of Him who never forsakes those who confide in Him.
[God’s] mercies are endless and I shall not be left without my portion.
May his dear sheltering wing be over you through all the storms — it is — and when your dear wearied heart sinks and does not feel the immediate influence then though hidden He is nearest.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Oh, what great reason people of good will have to be cheerful.
You know the will of God cannot be made known to us more clearly in events than when they happen without our intervention or in a way other than we requested.
Honor God’s holy Providence in your conduct by not hurrying or bustling about.
God has riches in abundance; until now, you have lacked nothing; why are you fearful for the future?
ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC
When pleasant things happen to us, or when our undertakings succeed as we wish them to, before abandoning ourselves to the joy of the moment, let us glance interiorly toward God and thank God for this great mercy since it is God’s love alone which affords us this consolation.
Ask God to put us in the disposition to listen and to endure all that is said for or against us so that none of it troubles us.
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CHARITY WISDOM FROM OUR FRIENDS
Let the waves roar, let everything be in darkness, smoke, and uproar: God is here. (St. Francis de Sales, feast day: Jan. 24)
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The tensions are not between the races, but between the forces of justice and injustice; between the forces of light and darkness….I never intend to adjust myself to segregation and discrimination,…to mob rule,…to physical violence and to tragic militarism. I call upon you to be maladjusted to such things, …as maladjusted as Abraham Lincoln…, as maladjusted as Jesus of Nazareth. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
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My dear brothers and sisters, we are already one, but we imagine we are not. What we have to recover is our original unity: What we have to be is what we are. (Thomas Merton)
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Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 91)
Image: Sisters of Charity Cross by Margaret Beaudette, SC, in the snow, Mount Saint Vincent. Photo by E. Miranda