Divine Mercy Sunday

April 14th, 2015

Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35 1 John 5:1-6 John 20:19-31

On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the Mass for the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II proclaimed to the world that “from now on throughout the Church, this Sunday will be called Divine Mercy Sunday.”

Divine Mercy, mercy from God, is celebrated throughout the year in various ways and especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Trusting in God’s mercy is essential for receiving the graces God wants us to have. Let me share with you a couple of examples of Divine Mercy that have been extended to others.

In an article written by the Rev. Alfred McBride, he presented these two examples. “A Time magazine issue in 1984 presented a startling cover. It pictured a prison cell where two men sat on metal folding chairs. The young man wore a black turtleneck sweater, blue jeans and white running shoes. The older man was dressed in a white robe and had a white skullcap on his head. They sat facing one another, up close and personal. They spoke quietly so as to keep others from hearing the conversation. The young man was Mehmet Ali Agca, the pope’s attempted assassin; the other man was Pope John Paul II the intended victim. The pope held the hand that had held the gun whose bullet tore into the pope’s body.

In the cell, unseen in the picture, were the pope’s secretary and two security agents, along with a still photographer and videographer. John Paul wanted the scene to be shown around the world filled with nuclear arsenals and unforgiving hatreds. The Church has always used paintings, sculpture and architecture to communicate spiritual meanings. This scene between John Paul and Mehmet was a living icon of mercy.

The Church was celebrating the 1,950th anniversary of Christ’s death and Christian redemption. The pope had been preaching forgiveness and reconciliation constantly. His deed with Ali Agca spoke a thousand words. John Paul’s forgiveness was deeply Christian. He embraced his enemy and pardoned him. At the end of their twenty minute meeting, Ali Agca raised the pope’s hand to his forehead as a sign of respect. John Paul shook Ali Agca’s hand tenderly.

When the pope left the cell he said, “What we talked about must remain a secret between us. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust.” This is an example of God’s divine mercy, the same divine mercy whose message St. Faustina witnessed.

Another powerful example of Divine Mercy occurred on October 6, 2006. An armed man entered an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania where he killed five little girls and wounded five others before killing himself. After the police left, families carried their children home and mourned them.

After a while they walked to the home of the man who killed their children, not with hate and vengeance but with compassion. They told the widow they forgave her husband for what he had done and they consoled her for the loss of her husband.

Amish Christians teach us that forgiveness is central. They believe in a real sense that God’s forgiveness depends on their extending forgiveness to other people as often as needed. That’s what the mercy of God is all about. That mercy is why we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.”

As we go about our daily lives both at home and here at St.Mary’s and d’Youville, let us pray for the grace needed to reach out to one another in the spirit of forgiveness and show mercy as often as is needed.

May God bless us all!

Dan Doyon
Pastoral Care

Easter Sunday

April 14th, 2015

Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9
Easter is considered the greatest feast of the year in the Catholic Church, the culmination of the High Holy Days. If Christ had not risen, our faith would be in vain, St. Paul tells us. The secular culture and commercialism exist all around us and take advantage even of this most holy feast of Easter. Some children have no idea what Easter is really all about, but they do know about Easter eggs and Easter bunnies. This feast is an opportunity for Christian parents and grandparents to explain. Easter is about new life, Jesus’ risen life and the new life we will someday enjoy as well. Eggs and bunnies are reminders of fertility and of life and of spring when life bursts into bloom. There is also the Easter lamb as a symbol of the Paschal Lamb of the Old Testament and of the Lamb of God, who is Jesus himself. So much for some of the Easter symbols. How about the Easter Scripture readings?

In the first reading we hear Peter preaching about the life, mission, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Paschal Mystery. I am always amazed at hearing Peter speaking with such boldness, strength and clarity. With Jesus’ passion and death Peter and the other Apostles went through a sort of dying as well. They were downhearted, sad, frightened and had lost hope. But with the Resurrection of Jesus their hope came to life again. Later with the coming of the Holy Spirit of Jesus into their hearts, they gained strength and clarity for the mission. Peter demonstrates all of that hope, strength and clarity in today’s reading.

The second reading from Corinthians reminds us to start fresh, to begin anew and to celebrate this Easter feast with zest, joy and hope. Let us take a moment to remember the Easter story. All the disciples, men and women, were rather disheartened and sad after Jesus’ crucifixion and seemed to have no idea of what would happen next or what they should do next. Some were even fearful. They had lost hope… Mary of Magdala is the one who goes to the tomb early that Sunday morning and finds it empty. She immediately runs to the Apostles and tells them about the empty tomb thinking someone had taken the body of Jesus. Peter and John come running and they see for themselves. Now they believe for they had not understood that Jesus had to rise from the dead.

Don’t we often feel as the disciples did? Confused, sad, disheartened and even fearful because of some troubling events in our lives and families? We wonder what God has planned for us and how we can respond. What will happen next? Where will we find hope? Hope is the answer! Easter is about hope because Jesus lives and is with us through everything. Jesus has our back and gives us the help, the grace we need, day by day to go on, to believe, to hope and to find meaning in life. Jesus even wants us to have joy because we are loved, forgiven and saved! Let the Easter message for each of us be hope, joy and new life. May these inspire us as we work, minister and care for our patients, clients and residents in our health system. If we are believers in the Risen Lord Jesus, our attitude will mirror hope, joy and new life not simply during the Easter season but in good times and difficult times year round.

Sr. Suzanne Beaudoin, SSCh, Director of Pastoral Care

Sixth Sunday of Lent

April 14th, 2015

Isaiah 50:4-7 Philippians 2:6-11 Mark 14:1-15:47

Psalm Sunday begins Holy Week with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and ends with His death and burial. These final days are the culmination of His life, His purpose is fulfilled. Even knowing that this is what He has prepared for all His life, Jesus finds each moment excruciating. He is filled with despair and doubt. During this journey, Jesus encounters abuse and humiliation, feels stuck and scared, and pleads to have this cup pass. Through our familiarity with the Stations of the Cross we see that Jesus experienced these thoughts and emotions much like we do. He suffered, as we do, so as to save us. I share with you this poem by John O’Donohue who captures what we humans experience. We slowly and surely realize that we need to follow an inner desire in order to be fulfilled. Yet we are terrified to take that first step. The risk of the new is great and the comfort of the known is immense. Two mighty forces do battle within us. One leads to stagnation, the other to resurrection.

For A New Beginning
John O’Donohue
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
Following Jesus means that we follow the Way that leads to our own resurrection – joyfully, courageously, step by step. May we in the St Mary’s community encourage each other along the way.

Christ’s Peace to you this Holy Week and always,
Joan Carr Myers
Pastoral Care

Fifth Sunday of Lent

April 14th, 2015

Bates Goes Medieval for Lent

Recently a senior theatre and English major at Bates College directed a Medieval Morality Play entitled The Castle of Perseverance capturing artistically the truth conveyed in the psalm text for Mass on the fifth Sunday of Lent. This penitential text—psalm 51—expresses well the dispositions of the penitent who approaches the Lenten exercises with compunction after listening to the words of the Ash Wednesday gesture: Remember, [O, Mankind], you are dust and to dust you will return. The Mass text reads:
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly was me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me. Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me. I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall return to you.

The principal character of the Castle, Mankind, utters his first words—words which resonate with those of the psalmist as well as the person observing Lent who makes the psalmist’s words one’s own:

I stand bewildered, of thought I am full.
Bare and poor is my clothing:
I have no more, certainly.
Of earth I came, I know that well
As earth I stand or fall;
Here Mankind is on trial —
Lord God I beg thy mercy!

The tussle over Mankind’s body and soul are enacted by one jester-like character artfully deploying two puppets; one representing a good angel, whose allegiance is to God, and the other a bad angel, whose fidelity is to the devil alone. As the battle for the loyalty of Mankind ensues the bad angel appeals, in a rather seductive manner, to the allure of the seven deadly sins—pride, lust, anger, covetousness, envy, sloth and greed. The good angel seems, on the other hand, to counter with a rather diffuse retort offering what at first hearing seems like a mere truism:

Thou shalt live but a little while.
Man, think on thine ending day,
When thou shalt be closed under clay —
And if thou think of that array,
Surely thou shalt not sin!

Certainly it is no mere coincidence that the text spoken to exhort Mankind is parallel to the exhortation of Ash Wednesday! In fact, the popular appeal of the Medieval Morality Play is drawn from the Gospel itself. The literary genre is intended to communicate the content of the Gospel to a popular audience much like the origin of stain glass windows illuminated the content of the Gospel to an illiterate populous using the language of beauty. Furthermore the attentive Mass goer is not surprised to hear the allusion to the complete psalms text (verses 5-6):

Behold, I was brought forth in inquity,
And in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you desire truth in the inward being;
Therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

What seems like a feeble minded, even whimsical, response to the apparent musculature of the robust capital sins does seem counter intuitive but such is wisdom of the Gospel and of the Tradition. The appeal to wisdom proves to be a discrete but decisive reply that in the end—and in keeping with the end in the philosophical sense or in colloquial language as the goal—deals a deadly blow even to the deadly sins. A look at the closing lines of the play [in its original format reads four and a half hours] reveals the triumph of Mankind who having been seduced by the World, the Flesh and the Devil and then redeemed by the action of the virtues within the Castle of Perseverance only then to have had recourse to Greediness at the end of his life accept that Mankind appeals to Mercy in his last moment to whom mercy has been extending by God the Father:

If thou me love and dread,
Heaven shall be thy meed;
My face shall thee feed:
This is my Judgment!
There is no man in this world that may escape this!
All men example hereat may take
To maintain the good and mend their miss.
(Here the actor playing God will remove his mitre and
mask and address the audience)
Thus end our games:
To save you from sinning,
Ever at the beginning
Think on your last ending!
Te Deum laudamus!

While some are inclined to apply the lyrics of the famed song—wisdom is wasted on the youth—I am inclined to praise the efforts of young Catholic woman who recently directed Castle of Perseverance along with her schoolmates and colleagues on campus. And in the words of a friend with whom I attended the play: Are you looking at the students’ faces? They are really thinking about things. The vital artistic enterprise of these young people helps us appropriate the truths set before us all throughout Lent, which in its own way is a dramatic annual retelling of the Gospel account of the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Christ.

Within the confines of a hospital and related services at St. Mary’s Regional Hospital we are not infrequently reminded that life is a gift and that truly wise person lives life with reference to the end game—salvation by God’s mercy made incarnate in Christ Jesus. The perennial principle whereby the wise person considers the end even at the beginning has many practical implications for living life well. With the psalmist we sing: Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Rev. Paul Dumais
Pastoral Care

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 9th, 2015

Isaiah 55:1-11

1 John 5:1-9

Mark 1:7-11


This weekend, we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus. The word “baptism” in Greek means “immersion.” This was the moment when Jesus passed from the obscurity of village life in Nazareth and into public life to begin his mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. In one of his homilies, Fr. Eugene Lobo S.J. shares: “We are brought to the banks of the River Jordan somewhere north of Jerusalem where John the Baptist had begun his ministry. John the Baptist was preaching in the wilderness and was baptizing all those who would respond to his message of repentance. The purpose of his ministry of preaching and Baptism was to direct people toward Jesus who would baptize them with the Holy Spirit.  The scriptures tell us that Jesus came from Galilee to the River Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus subjects himself to this simple act of repentance and is baptized by his own cousin. Baptism is meant as an acknowledgement of sin and Jesus was totally sinless. He had no need of repentance or forgiveness. Yet this was the beginning of his mission as was planned by his Father. The Baptism of Christ as recorded in all four Gospels indicates the Trinitarian Revelation (Three persons in one God) and the commencement of the public ministry of Jesus. When Jesus came out of the water after his Baptism, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descends upon Him in the form of a dove. There is also the voice of the Father that comes from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’”


Father Lobo goes on to share: “the opening words of today’s gospel tell us that John the Baptist was proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. It is important not to misunderstand the meaning of these words. It would be quite wrong to think that people simply had to come for baptism in the river for all their sins to be wiped out. That would be little more than superstition. The baptism itself was a symbolic act which had to be accompanied by an inner change. The word for ‘repentance’ here is metanoia in Greek, meaning change of heart. It implies a radical change in the way we look at the meaning and purpose of life and how we live that life ourselves. Metanoia is much more than just feeling sorry. It calls for a total reorganization of one’s attitudes so that errant or hurting behavior would simply disappear from one’s life.”


So through His Baptism, Jesus was commissioned to preach His message of love and forgiveness. He sought to bring about a radical “change of heart” in those who chose to follow Him. Although many of us were baptized years ago, it is never too late to experience a change of heart. We also can love and forgive the way Jesus taught us. Is it easy? No. But with the help of God’s grace, we can get there. Let us be commissioned to love and forgive in our personal family lives and in our work families at St. Mary’s and d’Youville.


Dan Doyon

Pastoral Care

Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 21, 2014

December 18th, 2014

2 Samuel 7:1-5

Romans 16:25-27

Luke 1:26-38

On Sunday, December 21, 2014 we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent and the Winter Solstice.  It is the shortest day of the year and it reminds us that “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”  Each day now will include a little more light to give us hope and direction.

The readings for this last Sunday before Christmas highlight the people God chose to bring hope and light to God’s people:  the boy David who would become king in the first reading and the story of Gabriel visiting Mary to let her know that she has found favor with God and that she will give birth to a son-Jesus, the Son of God, in Luke’s gospel.  Both David and Mary are from humble origins and both of them are open to God’s spirit in their lives.

Here is an excerpt from the writings of Frederick Buechener who reflects on Gabriel’s perspective as he shared the news with Mary:

“She struck the angel Gabriel as hardly old enough to have a child at all, let alone this child, but he’d been entrusted with a message to give her, and he gave it.

He told her what the child was to be named, and who he was to be, and something about the mystery that was to come upon her. ‘You mustn’t be afraid, Mary,’ he said.

As he said it, he only hoped she wouldn’t notice that beneath the great, golden wings he himself was trembling with fear to think that the whole future of creation hung now on the answer of a girl.”

The future of creation hung on Mary’s “yes” to God.  We too participate in God’s creation when we say “yes” to God’s will.   We may not be facing the same pressure she faced but many of us are struggling with difficult issues-rifts in family relationships, physical or mental health challenges, financial pressures. We may not feel that we are special or gifted enough to make a difference in people’s lives.  I hear stories and witness events every day that prove otherwise.  St. Mary’s is blessed to have you as part of our family.  May the love that offers compassion and healing be born in each of us this Christmas.

Elizabeth Keene

Mission Integration


Third Sunday of Advent – December 14, 2014

December 12th, 2014

Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 1Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28

Advent is a time for joy, not primarily because we are anticipating the anniversary of the birth of Christ but because God is already in our midst, Emmauel… This Sunday is often called “Rejoice Sunday.” We are halfway through Advent, getting ever closer to the Christmas celebrations, to be sure. But we can rejoice especially because of the saving acts of God, which make us confident of God’s care and unafraid of whatever may cross our paths. We rejoice in the inner peace that God gives us when we trust God in the midst of our difficulties. It surpasses all understanding… Advent joy is the way we live in the tension of “already and not yet.”
In the reading from Isaiah we hear about the Anointed One of God who would “bring glad tidings to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners.” How relevant that is still today! We have so many poor in our world and right around us. So many people have broken hearts from rejection, loss of loved ones or troubled family members. Do we turn to God for help, comfort and healing? Are we not also captives and prisoners of our fears and anxieties, our selfishness and our greed for control and material goods? Do we ask God to transform our hearts and free us? We might also ask God how we can be his instruments during this holiday season to bring joy to those who are poor, downhearted, sick, old or lonely? Could we be instruments of joy and peace for someone?
St. Paul is very clear in the second reading about three things: Rejoice always! Pray without ceasing and in all circumstances give thanks. This reminds me of a 94 year old southern lady I met here at the hospital about a month ago. She told me that people ask her for her secret: “I trust the Lord. I pray every day and I thank the Lord every night and every morning.” She was definitely heeding St. Paul’s advice and she was very pleasant and grateful in spite of her heath issue, a true delight to visit and a woman of faith.
In the Gospel of John we see John the Baptist being questioned about who he is and why he baptizes. He is clear and honest. He is not the Christ. He is the voice of one crying in the desert, “make straight the way of the Lord.” Those of us who are of a certain age can remember the call and the melody of the opening song of Godspell: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” It is still a relevant call for us today, to let go of some of our negative baggage and make room for Jesus in our hearts and in our lives. Can we let go of some of the materialism of modern day Christmas celebrations and open our hearts to the real meaning of Christmas? Can we share the real Christmas story with our children and grandchildren? Can we be a presence of Jesus for those we serve here at St. Mary’s and at DYP? May the real meaning of Christmas inspire us and bring us joy during this holiday season as we remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Sr. Suzanne Beaudoin, SSCh, Director of Pastoral Care

Second Sunday of Advent – December 7, 2014

December 2nd, 2014

Isaiah 40:1-5; 9-11                               2 Peter 3:8-14                          Mark 1: 1-8

In the Old Testament reading this week, Isaiah prophesies about the coming of John the Baptist.  He says of John, “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!”  Near the end of the passage, Isaiah also prophesied of Jesus’s coming. “With glad tidings, he says, ‘Here is your God. Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.’’’

The gospel reading has the same message for us.  Mark writes: As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’ “Further on in the gospel, Mark quotes John as saying, “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In the final reading, the second letter to Peter, we are once again being exhorted to preparedness: This time for the Second Coming of Jesus. We are encouraged to conduct ourselves in holiness and devotion while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God. He goes on to write, “Since you await these things, be eager to be found without blemish (sin) before him, at peace.”

As we live out our season of Advent, let us take some quiet time to look inward and examine our relationship with God. How do we welcome God’s presence within us each day?  Will we be ready to meet him face to face when our moment is here? Our time on earth is short.  How  are  we preparing  the way of the Lord? What should be the focus of all that we are? To borrow a few in lines from “Godspell” : “To see thee more clearly, to love thee more dearly, to follow thee more nearly day by day…”

As we prepare ourselves during this time of Advent, let us go forth and continue to serve all those in need with a renewed spirit and a renewed faith in God.

Dan Doyon

Pastoral Care

First Sunday of Advent – November 30, 2014

December 1st, 2014

Isaiah 63:16b-17

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13:33-37

The Catholic Health Association offers this reflection for the first Sunday of Advent:
“Advent arrives as the whirl of activity from our Thanksgiving celebrations comes to a close. We have celebrated with family and friends, enjoyed our favorite foods and many of us, perhaps, engaged in the American pastimes of football and Black Friday. The holidays are upon us and the Advent calendar countdown begins.

When we were young, the days seemed like weeks as we scanned the catalogs and watched the commercials, longing for the next best toy or electronic entertainment gadget. As adults, we wish we could stretch the days into weeks, so we can get everything accomplished we have on our lists and still have time to breathe.

What Advent is in today’s world and what Advent is meant to be took a divergent path long before most of us were even born. There was a time when Christmas trees did not get decorated until Christmas Eve, when decorations did not appear in the stores before Halloween. There was a time when Advent really was a time of waiting.

How to bring the true meaning of Advent back into the hectic pace of our days can be more than just a desire. Advent is not what happens around us; Advent is what happens within us. No matter where we go or how fast we are traveling through life, we can center ourselves on God. Standing in unending lines, stopping at countless stoplights, with one deep breath we can be in Advent. In the midst of a long to-do list we can find the peace of God, the promise of Jesus and the hope of our world.”

Here’s a good way to stop and pay attention to what’s going on within us this season: join us for an Advent prayer service on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 3 pm in the chapel for “The Light Shines On In Darkness.”

Elizabeth Keene
Mission Integration

Feast of Christ the King – November 23, 2014

December 1st, 2014

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17

1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28

Matthew 25:31-46

This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The theme is of tender solicitude for the vulnerable. We speak of Christ the King and realize that the kingdom of God is an inclusive one. We may sometimes think that criteria for membership is based only on obedience to the commandments or on conformity to ritual obligation. That may be part of it but it certainly is not what we hear today in these readings. The real criteria are based on bonds of love and concern for one another and most especially on compassion and help for the most vulnerable.
In the first reading we are given the metaphor of God as the Good Shepherd, the one who seeks out those who have strayed, the one who guards, protects and nurtures all the sheep, but especially the most needy and vulnerable. We do not live in an era of shepherds and sheep but let us be clear about the message. God watches over us and takes care of our needs in a very personal way. God is with us 24/7 and has our back. There is no need to fear. We can pray with confidence and experience God’s comfort as expressed in Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd…
The second reading reminds us of the beginnings of time, the saving action of Jesus, his rising from the dead and the fulfillment of the kingdom in the end time along with the final judgment. When will that be? We do not know; however each of us will have our own end time. It is described in the famous passage of the Gospel of Matthew where we will clearly be judged on love as described in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
Some Christians take this passage very seriously and, I dare say, we must. We will be judged not on having done a phenomenal feat, on ritual worship every single Sunday or on following the letter of every law. We will be judged on whether or not we meet the very basic human needs of others. According to this Gospel, Christ the King will say to each of us:
“I was hungry and you gave (or did not give) me food, I was thirsty and you gave (or did not) give me drink, a stranger and you welcomed (or did not welcome) me, naked and you clothe (or did not clothe) me, ill and you cared (or did not care) for me, in prison and you visited (or did not visit) me.”
The question remains for each of us. Will it be did or did not?
Let’s be concrete and practical. As the holidays are upon us we will have many opportunities to do something for others, especially the most vulnerable. When your local church asks for donations for food baskets, what will you do? When donations are requested for St. Mary’s Food Pantry, when you get a request from Hope Haven Gospel Mission which feeds the hungry and gives shelter to the homeless, what will you do? When you are asked for a donation for Coats for Kids or you hear the Salvation Army bell, what will you do? When you look at your overly full clothes closet, will you bring the surplus to the Goodwill store? When there is a discussion about the immigrants in our country, is your stance one of welcome? When a neighbor or family member is ill or homebound, will you take time to visit them and maybe bring them homemade soup or flowers? For those of us here who care for the sick and the elderly, is it just a job or is it a caring mission? Remembering the most vulnerable around the holidays is a popular and generous thing to do, but how about the rest of the year…?
I pray that we who work in St. Mary’s Health System will hear at the end of our lives Christ the King say: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” That will depend on what we have done or not done during our lifetime.
Sr. Suzanne Beaudoin, SSCh, Director of Pastoral Care