The Challenge of Charity: Life in God’s Family
St. Therese of Lisieux joyfully exulted that, “If the Church was a body composed of different members, it couldn't lack the noblest of all; it must have a Heart, and a Heart BURNING WITH LOVE. And I realized that this love alone was the true motive force which enabled the other members of the Church to act; if it ceased to function, the Apostles would forget to preach the gospel, the Martyrs would refuse to shed their blood. LOVE, IN FACT, IS THE VOCATION WHICH INCLUDES ALL OTHERS; IT'S A UNIVERSE OF ITS OWN, COMPRISING ALL TIME AND SPACE - IT'S ETERNAL!” (CCC 826, emphasis in original). We know that this love is the golden thread that binds all we believe, it is the aching in the hearts of those who knock on the door of the Church. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us truth to speak in gentleness and clarity, as well as the life-giving concern that reaches out sacrificially, generously to broken souls around us. It is the love that makes us adopted sons and daughters instead of beggars at the door. It is our beginning and our gifted destiny. It is why St. Augustine wrote; “our hearts are restless, until they rest in You.” This workshop delves into the vital nature of the love of brethren that is to be the mark of any community calling others to join Christ’s Body.