Thursday, June 4, 2009

Quote of the day

"For my Church opens the welcoming doors of its hospitals to Christ’s sick, shelters the forsaken orphan from the cold-hearted inhumanity of men, shields the Magdalen from the men who first pushed her into the gutter and then would stone her, closes the eyes of the forsaken aged in their last sleep.

"I hear much talk nowadays that is shudderingly at odds with the charity of Christ. There is talk of lethal chambers, where unprofitable members of society will be painlessly killed. A savage euthanasia is suggested for the helpless old. Sterilization of the insane and mutilation of the criminal is talked of in high courts. The doors of life are ruthlessly shut in the face of babies in an age that prides itself on making life eminently worth living.

"The doctrine of the 'survival of the fittest,' loudly praised in my youth, has not had a pleasant sound in the ears of the frightened weak and sick and poor. The soft footfall of a Catholic Sister of Charity has come with reassuring gentleness. For, in the face of this thoroughly pagan inhumanity that is sweeping the world, those Sisters come, mercy and love as their twin angels. The Church recruits them in increasing numbers and they selflessly and tirelessly do Christ’s work among the world’s outcasts and forsaken. They repeat in every generation the moral miracle of Christ’s charity and boundless love; and any seeing man may watch the miracle at work. As for myself, no one will ever know what the mere presence of the Sisters in my Church has meant to my faith."

— Daniel A. Lord S.J."My Faith and I," 1931 (not 1958, as the linked page states)

RELATED: The spirit of Father Lord's beloved Sisters lives today in such institutes as the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, the ,Sisters of LifeVisitation Sisters of Georgetown, Maronite Servants of Christ the Light, and Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church.