Charity Wisdom

November 2020

Even during these difficult times, we give thanks to our God for many blessings: faith, family, friends; the fruits of earth and those who harvest them; the right to vote and so to keep alive the vision of freedom and justice for all.  

From centuries ago, the words of our Charity saints still resound, full of wisdom and insight for today. Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton, Vincent de Paul, and Louise de Marillac are our companions in thankfulness.

Charity Wisdom from Our Saints

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

God only can measure my joy and gratitude. 

What amazement for your whole life and mine that we are the image of our infinite God, the children of his Kingdom and his very eternity.

St. Vincent de Paul 

We must give as much time to thanking God for his favors as we have used in asking him for them.

God serves as our provider, furnishing us with what we need and beyond. He gives a sufficiency and more. I do not know if we think often enough of thanking him as we should. 

St. Louise De Marillac

I beg you not to think of the distance between us. Rather, think of us as strongly united, incapable of ever being separated, because separation is impossible in the close union created by holy charity.

I assure you…that God made up for what was lacking in me. He does the same for everyone.

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Charity Wisdom from Our Friends

Social life is made by human beings. The society we live in is the outcome of human choices and decisions. This means that human beings can change things. What humans break, divide, and separate, we can — with God’s help — also heal, unite, and restore. – Rev. Bryan Massingale, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church

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Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all. – Pope Francis, Encyclical “Fratelli Tutti (On Fraternity and Social Friendship)”, 2020, #8

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  • The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us? 
  • The older I get, the more I meet people, the more convinced I am that we must only work on ourselves, to grow in grace. The only thing we can do about people is to love them. ― Servant of God Dorothy Day (d. Nov. 29, 1980)

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…[C]arrying a heavy burden of suffering is not the debt I owe a hurting world, nor the way I best prove my care… [W]hen my eyes fill with wonder and my heart with love or joy, I do not betray my concerns for the world — I nourish my capacity to attend to them. 

… The ability to wake up to another new day — one with which we will surely need to wrestle and reckon, but one that will also teach and transform us, one we will be able to influence and impact, one in which we can always declare and share love — this is the unpromised gift for which to be grateful.  – Kristi Nelson,


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