Written by: Sr. Michael Teresa, l.s.p.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to bet better. It’s not.”
Almost every Saturday (evenings) and Sunday of the year, I travel to different churches around Chicago to share with the parishioners our mission, the story of our Foundress St. Jeanne Jugan and the needs of the Residents of St. Mary’s Home. My favorite part is when I step up on to the podium at the front of the church to see it filled to the brim with people of all ages! And whenever I hear a baby cry or a child whisper (loudly) while the rest of the congregation is quiet, I can’t help but smile for it is joyful noise – the sound signals that the church is alive.
On Sunday, September 27, I visited St. John Cantius. It was a beautiful day, the Masses were filled with lots of families, and I gave my talk about our mission.
A few days later, a letter arrived in the mail folded nicely in one of our church collection envelopes. Enclosed were three 1 dollar bills and 3 quarters with a note that read:
“Dear Little Sisters of the Poor,
My name is Josephine and I am nine. Thank you for the
envelope last Sunday. Please find a donation of three
dollars and seventy-five cents. I will pray for you.
I hope to see you at Saint John Cantius again.
It’s letters like these that warm my heart. Children are so open to God’s love, and they have a lesson to teach each one of us. Seeing young children in the audience gives me hope that they’re learning that living a Christ-filled life is important! Not only is Miss Augustine taking part in Mass, but she is also sharing her earnings with our home.