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Monday, August 4, 2008

Marguerite - Pure Charity!

Patricia writes in from Cleveland about one of her favorite role models for inspiration to serve the poor, St. Marguerite d’Youville of Montreal, Canada. She reminds us that Marguerite also founded the order of the “Grey Nuns,” and that she had been married before founding the order. Unfortunately, in her childhood years she had been orphaned and in her adult years, her husband had a bad reputation as she suffered much by his frequent absences and illegal liquor trading with the Indians. He was a wild and crazy man, but she cared for him with sacrificial love and the purest of charity until his death.

So, you are about to be inspired by a wonderful love story… that of Mother d’Youville (1701 -1771), known as the Mother of Universal Charity. Indeed, her charity knew no bounds and her love for the poor was immense. She made great sacrifices to help and comfort the poor and during her life, her physical help or her prayers consoled hundreds and hundreds of people. She sought God in the simplicity of her heart and found Jesus in the poor, and she lived the words of the Gospel to the fullest, Matthew 25:40: “As long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.” But the words that were most engraved in her heart, were those of St. Paul, “Charity is patient, is kind; charity envies not, deals not perversely, is not puffed up, is not ambitious, seeks not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) Throughout her life, Marguerite put these words of St. Paul into practice to the fullest. By doing this she gained the honor of being called the, “Mother of Universal Charity”.

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