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The Poor Among Us

Watching Events on the Calendar in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we were pleased to see the Jubilee for the socially excluded people (November 11–13, 2016). On this occasion, thousands of poor and homeless from all over the world, wandered to Rome to celebrate the Jubilee with our Holy Father, Francis. They desired to enter through the Holy Door, which puts all of us in the center of the Gospel and brings us the message of our Merciful God, Who bent over the misery of man and raises him into His arms of love.

 

Many Saints, men and women, since first century, showed their love to God by doing the Works of Mercy for the poor. Our Foundress, Venerable Servant of God, Mother Alphonse Marie, in her First Rule, invited us take care of the poor who are sick in their homes and do the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. However, she asked the Sisters to seek the poor, who are healthy, also. (Cf. First Rule, Introduction)
Mother Alphonse Marie with her first Sisters, at the very beginning, some weeks after the foundation of the Congregation, welcomed 25 poor children in the Convent to provide them with breakfast and lunch. On Holy Thursday, the following year, the Community brought a meal to 12 of the oldest people in Niederbronn (Cf. PFLEGER, L.: PFLEGER, L.: Kongregácia sestier Božského Vykupiteľa, p. 38 and 50).
We Carry out our mission today, according to our Constitutions and Directory, by focusing on the poor and suffering. We are open to the needs of our times and ready to serve the most in need. Thus we can serve the Kingdom of God, in union with Christ, in simplicity and love. Our preferential care belongs to the poor, sick, elderly, the oppressed, people on the margins of society, abandoned children and families, etc. (Cf. C 7 and C 79).

During this Jubilee, in the spirit of our Charism and Apostolate, we invited, to our Community the SDR Generalate, 42 poor and homeless people from Austria. They accepted our invitation with joy. We welcomed them and served dinner on November 11, 2016.
To our pleasant surprise, some days before the Jubilee for the socially excluded people, Father Vladimír Maslák, a Director of Civic Association, Good Shepherd, in Kláštor pod Znievom, in Slovakia, asked us for accommodation for 50 people. On November 12, 2016, our Generalate was filled with homeless, again, but from Kláštor pod Znievom. We offered them dinner and accommodation according to our possibilities.
The same day, in the morning, we attended catechesis in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, which is the part of the Generalate of the Camillians, for the Slovak speaking pilgrims. There, we met two other groups from Slovakia, led by Father Marián Kuffa, Father Peter Gombita and others. With joy and solidarity, we offered them our hospitality, our time and nice words. Every person in the world should be responsive for these values, without distinction.

As a reward, for us, was to see the joy and happiness on the faces of these people. We gave thanks to God for these people, sent by Him to us, in the last week of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and for the possibility to show acts of charity to these people. We thanked Him for the example of selfless service and love to the most needy of our Foundress, Mother Alphonse Marie. She calls, today, every one of us to be responsive to the needs of poor times and show mercy to the most poor, either in spirit or in body.

Holy Father, Francis, in his homily during the celebration of the Jubilee for the socially excluded people, in St. Peter’s Basilica, stressed, “It is our duty to take care of real wealth, the poor".
Let us ask for grace for following days, as Holy Father, Francis, calls us, not to close our eyes to God who sees us and to our neighbor who asks something of us. Let us open our eyes to our neighbor, especially, to our brothers and sisters who are forgotten and excluded, to the “Lazarus“, at our door. Let us turn our hearts to God and the true treasure (Cf. Homily of our Holy Father, Francis, the Jubilee for socially excluded people, on November 13, 2016). The words of the Gospel are valid at all times until the end of time, ”You always have the poor with you“ (Jn 12:8).

Sister M. Arimatea Kiškovská

    

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