As a baptized Christian and a Religious Sister of Mercy with a vow to serve the poor, sick and uneducated, and blessed with a Catholic education, my faith foundation as a CEO was to serve with justice and compassion, with a compelling belief that each person is an image and likeness of God.
Where I grew up, we had a children’s Mass every Sunday. Every Sunday, the pastor would walk up and down the main aisle and explain the readings and what the priest saying the Mass was doing. I know that made a lasting impression on me; and I slowly began to realize that this Sunday gathering was something that was very important to my faith and life as a Catholic. I believe that this experience at Sunday Mass, week after week, year after year, cemented my love of liturgy to this very day.
To me, Catholic Charities represents an extension of the Catholic community and Catholic beliefs, reaching out to bring to reality the beatitudes. As a director, I was conscious that my staff and I had the duty to faithfully embody the Catholic beliefs on marriage, the family, social justice and other issues. I felt that the agency was an “arm” of the diocese and the local Church, and we were their representatives in the local community we served.
Madeleine L’Engle’s classic book, A Wrinkle in Time, and its sequels have inspired young readers since 1962. Its timeless theme is the battle between good and evil, light and darkness. The protagonist, Meg Murry, goes on a quest to save her father from a dark power and bring him home. In addition to her friend Calvin, and her brother, Meg is assisted in her quest by three guides – who come to her in the guise of middle-aged women. On March 9, L’Engle’s story comes to the big screen with a Disney production of A Wrinkle in Time.
Still Talking About Jesus
“How do I talk to my friends about Jesus?” Molly Cook answered this question in 2010 as a senior in high school, and appeared in FAITH Magazine as the Teen Issue essay contest winner for that year. She wrote then: “Youth group has helped me to realize that being a part of the Church is like being a part of a family or a community. The relationships I have gained from being a part of my church and youth group activities mean the world to me and have brought Jesus into my everyday life and conversations.”
My father grew up in a small South Carolina farming community – one traffic light and a Baptist church at its center. My grandfather was a deacon in that church, and every Sunday, Daddy, along with Grandma and his two sisters, would attend services and Sunday school as a family. After church, they would return home and gather around the table for a large Sunday dinner.