Charity Wisdom

Ordinary Time — September–October 2020

Hands TogetherThis season brings many challenges: to continue safe practices to slow the coronavirus pandemic, to work for healing of broken persons and structures, to prepare to vote responsibly. We pray for students, teachers and parents, for those who are ill and those suffering economic hardship.

From centuries ago, the words of our saints and models still resound, full of wisdom and insight for today. Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton, Vincent de Paul, and Louise de Marillac invite us to recommit ourselves to see, act and love in Jesus’ name.

Charity Wisdom from Our Saints

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

At all events, happen now what will I rest with God … so now I can pass the Valley of Death itself.  

By and by I trust this storm will cease — how painful and often agonizing he only knows who can and will still it in his own good time.

St. Vincent de Paul (feast day: September 27)

God has riches in abundance; until now, you have lacked nothing; why are you fearful for the future?

Trust fearlessly in God who has called you and you will see that all will go well.

St. Louise De Marillac

Go then courageously, advancing moment by moment on the path on which God has placed you in order to reach Him.

Blessed Frederic Ozanam (feast: September 9)

It is the violent collision of opulence and poverty which makes the earth tremble.

 The question which divides the people of today is no longer one about political structures, but a social one. It is to find out which will win, the spirit of egoism or the spirit of sacrifice. Is society to be just a huge exploitation for the profit of the strongest, or a dedication of each person to the benefit of all, and especially to the protection of the weak?


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Charity Wisdom from Our Friends

During these soul-wrenching days, we do well to remember that the Spirit cannot and will not be made captive, that the Spirit will not and cannot be tamed…The Spirit’s presence rouses us to respect and embrace our differences as graces rather than insurmountable barriers, as opportunities for life-affirming encounter and engagement rather than as causes for exclusion and segregation… –  Sr. M. Shawn Copeland, OP

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[God invites us to] the loving acceptance of mystery and its unpredictable disposal of us. – Karl Rahner, SJ

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A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion, an ideology or an economic system, while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom and individual freedoms. But there is another temptation…: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and sinners.

The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide it into these two camps…To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place. That is something which you, as a people, reject. Our response must instead be one of hope and healing, of peace and justice.  – Pope Francis’ address to US Congress, Sept. 24, 2015

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… History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived.
But, if faced with courage, need not be lived again. – Maya Angelou, “On the Pulse of Morning”

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To create a different world, we must learn how this one came to be. And unlearn what we previously took for granted. – Rev. Bryan Massingale

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You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone — any person or any force — dampen, dim or diminish your light … Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won. – John Lewis (d. 7/17/20), from Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America


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