Honoring the Legacy of God’s Humble Servant
About two weeks ago, I was asked to give a talk to the Rotary Club in Trenton, New Jersey. The organization’s website lists their activities and mission statement “Service over Self”. As the Executive Director of the World Apostolate of Fatima, I spoke of the three seers of Fatima and the selfless motivations of these uneducated children, who were asked to offer their lives in reparation for sinners. My talk was on bringing God back in to political discourse, a subject not only timely in this political season but for all times. Selflessness, which is lacking today, is the antidote for our Nation’s ills.
St. Jeanne Jugan said, “To be a good Little Sister of the Poor, one must love God and the poor a great deal, and forget oneself”. As the son of a late resident of St. Mary’s Home, a board of advisors member, and an AJJ member with my wife, I know that the Sisters understand the concept of service over self better than most. It is the defining characteristic of the order.
Seeing all people through the prism of God as St Jeanne Jugan did is the key to success, not only for charitable works, but for an ordered society.
“Refuse God nothing… We must do all through love.” St. Jeanne Jugan, pray for us, especially today as we celebrate your feast day.