Posted by: fvbcdm | December 13, 2013

Feast of Saint Lucy (13 December 2013)

Over the weekend, our Holy Father spoke to the crowds in Saint Peter’s Square about the contrast between the positive value of holiness and martyrdom, and the destructive force of totalitarianism, whether it be the dictatorship of Naziism, Communism, or simply the ruthless domination by one man, greedy for power, over his fellow human beings.

To illustrate his point, Pope Benedict chose two saints, both of whom have lived in our own time: Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Polish Franciscan priest who died in the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in 1941, and Mother Teresa who died in India not many years ago.  Saint Maximilian gave his life in exchange for that of a husband and father who had been randomly selected to die with nine others in reprisal for an escape attempt.  Mother Teresa gave her life not by the martyrdom of blood but that of love, spending years in the slums of the Indian metropolis of Calcutta caring for the poorest of the poor.

Kolbe was a victim of Naziism.  Mother Teresa was a victim of the greed whereby the enormously wealthy people of India allow the desperately poor to starve on their doorsteps.
Here in Houston, it is not uncommon for us to go outside in the morning to get the newspapers which are delivered to our doorsteps, and there to find street people sleeping in the shelter of our porch or garage.  Years ago, when I first came here, I went out one morning to get the newspaper, and in the darkness, I kicked something which I had not seen.  It moved.  It was a woman, wrapped in blankets and sleeping on my front steps.  I offered her a cup of hot coffee, but she said in a remarkably refined voice, “No, thank you, Father.  I have my beer.”  And with that, she produced from the folds of her blankets a half-emptied can of beer from which she took a swallow.  What to say?  What to do?  How would Mother Teresa have handled the situation?  These situations have always troubled me.  I hope they trouble everyone enough so that someday these sad situations can be eradicated from our society.  Most of them, I think, are caused by mental illness, alcoholism, and drug addiction; nevertheless these people are our brothers and sisters and what we do to them, we do to Our Divine Lord, as he himself tells us.  Think about it.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.


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