Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
On September 5, we celebrated the liturgical memorial of St. Teresa of Calcutta. We have a lot to learn from her, as Pope Benedict XVI reminds us in his encyclical, God is love.
“Saint Paul, in his hymn to charity, teaches us that it is always more than activity alone: “If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, I gain nothing”. This hymn must be the Magna Carta of all ecclesial service… Practical activity will always be insufficient, unless it visibly expresses a love for man, a love nourished by an encounter with Christ. My deep personal sharing in the needs and sufferings of others becomes a sharing of my very self with them: if my gift is not to prove a source of humiliation, I must give to others not only something that is my own, but my very self; I must be personally present in my gift.
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