Thought for the Week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER

November 11-17, 2018

 

Jesus makes an interesting observation in Sunday’s reading from Mark 12: 41-44.  He sees many rich people donating to the temple’s treasury from their surplus of which they are proud.  He is not impressed by this giving.  We, too, see this kind of giving.  A very wealthy employer or corporation gives a pittance of a raise in salary to its employees and the news bureau makes a big proclamation of this “generosity.” Perhaps we ourselves put in that small amount at Sunday services for all the needs of the parish and feel proud of ourselves for helping out. Was it from our surplus or our poverty?

 

We see so many first responders giving of their “surplus,” as well as, their poverty – hours on the fire line when their own home has burned down, strangers on the road risking their lives to pull a person from a burning car, a police officer rushing in to save people from a shooter and losing his own life, a caregiver of a parent with alzheimers, a parent sitting up at night with a sick child and the list is boundless. Many people go beyond what is expected and do the extraordinary.  We can raise our flag of thanksgiving for all incidences of courage and humanity.  Love is not dead; it is often unseen, surprising and unsung. Just as the widow in today’s Gospel story was hailed as a giving person by Jesus, all the other like actions will be blessed by Jesus and praised for all eternity.

 

Italian born St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first United States citizen to be canonized, founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.  Her main ministry was service to the immigrants and she is their special patron. We can ask her to protect the many immigrants heading our way from the south. 

 

St. Elizabeth of Hungary is a woman, though a queen, who cared for the poor at a risk to her own life.  When the greedy royal family confronted her and accused her of giving away the goods of the palace, they found only roses in her shawl. When her husband died, she and her children were thrown out of the palace by the family.  This Franciscan woman gave not only from her surplus, but her poverty, too.

 

The opportunity to thank veterans for all that they have sacrificed in defense of our country, as well as, so many other countries throughout the world is NOW.  Many of us probably have members of our families who are veterans or have died because of war.  My own father died of injuries, suffered during combat in World War II. The grieving extents around the globe and the need for peace is the cry of millions.  The mental, emotional and physical anguish veterans suffer is beyond our imagination.  They need our care and compassion upon their return to civilian life.  When I drive past the cemetery on my way from school, I am saddened by the many crosses of our young men and women lost in war.  It is incomprehensible as to the pain of the parents and families of these soldiers. We have much for which to pray and to console.

 

May God have mercy on our veterans and their families,

 

Sister Rosemarie Goins, Director