I wrote The Window for my sister-in-law Ann as she professed her final vows for her religious order – The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Ann is one of the most beautiful women I know and currently has a medical practice in one of the poorest counties in Missouri – Washington, and in a town look that hasn’t fared much better – Potosi. Ann chose to be a family practice doctor as her profession and after a years of doing that, felt the calling to go into the religious life. Again, she has set up a medical practice in Potosi and resides in the small town of Belgrade, MO. I thought of Ann this morning because she exemplifies the good Samaritan in today’s Gospel. Ann is truly a woman of faith and harbors no prejudices against anyone. She has found the road less traveled and cares for people who are in need; grace and mercy flow from her heart into every person/patient she encounters. She is truly that window by which people see the true heart of Christ. She has followed the call from Christ to “Go and do likewise.”
Do something great for our Lord today – say a prayer for Ann and for all of those who have chosen to dedicate their lives completely to Christ and His mission.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Post Script: I offer the following prayer for our country, which is truly divided at this time…
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly on us and increase Your Mercy in us, that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.