In the writings in the Letter to the Romans, Chapter 13, Paul states “Love” in the essence and fulfillment of the law. It is our sole occupation in life. It replaces the old commandments of “Thou shall not” with “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In C. S. Lewis's book “The Four Loves,” He defines the greatest form of love as Charity or in today’s theological terms “Agapic Love.” It is a love that is totally giving and not expecting anything in return. It is the essence of God and his relationship with us, which Jesus lived and taught during his human life.
For us, as Vincentians, the above description is the essence and call for us to achieve our Essential Element of Charity and Advocacy.
During the pandemic, we more than ever are called to live this loving relationship with our brothers and sisters we serve. As we grow weary in carrying on or doing extraordinary outreach to the very vulnerable and abandoned, we must embrace our work as truly the greatest of virtues – Charity. I will stand by you and hope you realize I am that “Foot Step in the Sand” carrying and supporting you.
This time as Vincentians and Society staff is our finest hour and our true legacy of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Southwest Texas.