For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.
All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride.
For all must carry their own loads.
In reviewing my notes about what we learned during the conference with Father Corapi, a lot of the seven themes overlap. Hence, some of the things I discuss may sound familiar. If you truly take human dignity and respect to heart, it spills over into every aspect of our lives, whether taking a stand in the pro-life movement, caring for the sick and homeless, or speaking out against government policies that slowly chip away our rights.
Rights and Responsibilities
The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities–to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
This scripture serves as a reminder of humility, as well as our responsibilities in helping others.
An amazing example of helping others in need? Our Blessed Mother Teresa.
She truly needs no introduction from me, but I always love to read and learn more about her. As a young Yugoslavian girl, she answered the call to the religious life at the age of 17. She was particularly interested in missionary work, and joined the Sisters of Loretto. She began her life as a nun by teaching in a high school in Calcutta, India.
After contracting tuberculosis in 1944, she was sent to Darjeeling for rest. During the train ride there, she receieved her ‘call within a call’ – to go and work with the poorest of the poor, actually living among them.
She went on to found the Missionaries of Charity, which grew from twelve member to thousands serving the poor in 450 centers all over the world. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1979, and denounced the ceremonial banquet. Instead, she asked that $6,000 dollars be donated to the poor in Calcutta, allowing her to feed them for a year.
Waiting for others to take up the charge to help others? This quote leapt out at me as I read some of her writings this week:
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
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