Of the sisters in the Crimea it was recorded that ‘they did more than medicine’. To do more than medicine is still a challenge.
We should be shining lamps, giving light to all around us.
Recognising that one could give handouts week after week….Catherine used her inheritance to offset the causes of poverty, sickness and ignorance.
I bless and praise our good God who has so favoured me.
It matters little what our talents are; some have one, others five, the only thing is whether we have faithfully traded.
Catherine somehow understood that most poor were not responsible for their own misery.
Sometimes a zephyr, sometimes a mighty gale – God’s spirit can nudge our timid choices, strengthen our frail resolve, reverse any misdirected course.
We should have the most tender devotion to the blessed Mother of our Redeemer.
The progress of a society is tied to its ability to hope.
Being poor and living with the poor, Catherine was not merely a kind benefactor, but a friend.
It is better to relieve a hundred imposters if there be such, than to suffer one really distressed person to be sent away empty.
We must begin to recognise the involvement of God in our human community and culture.
It is God’s will that everyone called to his service should be happy.
We are your voice to speak consoling words to those in need.
Let us take one day only in hands at a time, merely making a resolve for tomorrow. Thus we may hope to get on - taking short careful steps, not great strides.
…we are called through love to draw one another into being, patiently, gently, constantly – as God draws us.
The union which exists among you will draw the favour and blessing of Heaven.