Monday, September 16, 2013

Mission Post #16 - What Unites Us?

What unites us as human beings?  What is it that we all have in common that makes us one?  In answer to this question, at its most essential, what unites us is blood and bone.  We are all human.  We are men and women.  We may come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, but, we are all human.  We all experience joy, satisfaction, and the desired to do good.  We suffer pain and sorrow, know hunger, want, and thirst, and we all experience the impulse to commit acts for good or evil.  We are complicated creatures that act on more than instinct.  Sometimes this sense of unity comes home in a very real way and we find that we may be the sum of our individual parts but we are all also brothers and sisters beneath the skin.

This weekend Don and I took our next big step in preparing for our mission to southeastern Missouri this coming winter/spring 2014,  Saturday and Sunday we spoke at all of the English and Spanish Masses telling our community of Catholic brethren at St. Anthony's of our upcoming mission; we introduced them to the small community of Glenmary nuns, priests and brothers who serve Appalachia and the South and their mission to serve the poorest of the poor in areas where there is often no Catholic presence at all.

We spoke of Mother's House in Caruthersville, MO and Sr. Darlene's mission to serve the many impoverished single moms of the area.  We asked, not for money but, for donations of maternity clothes, baby clothes and baby food and baby toys.  In a community where children wear uniforms to public schools, we asked for navy and khaki pants and red, blue and white  polo shirts that would fit teenage pregnant girls.

After seven Masses, I found myself reflecting on what unites us.  We of St. Anthony's are a community of people where some have great wealth, many are ordinary middle class, and more than a few are the working poor and not a few who are undocumented and living in the shadows.  We are Anglos, Latinos, and Filipinos.  But at the end of the Masses, at the end of our appeal, I felt so united with all of them.  The response was so overwhelming and positive.  People understand need no matter their "station" in life.  Giving is something we can all do.  There is always someone who has less than we ourselves have and giving fills the need to reach out and help another even if we have a hard time helping ourselves.

Also linked with Mornings With Mary.


8 comments:

Maggie Grace said...

So true.

Ginny said...

This is a very thought provoking post, and also, good for you!!! I have been trying to think of other ways we are all united, but sadly I can think of none.

Nonnie said...

I am happy to hear about the generosity of your parish for your upcoming mission trip. Our Bible Study group has found that same kind of wondrous response in our parish also. We are blessed indeed.

Gillena Cox said...

Have a nice Monday

Much love...

Priti.Lisa said...

True words Annie...
you are living your life a God intended! I am sure you will gain
as much from this experience as
you share. ♥ ♥

rebecca said...

dear annie,
i am so touched by you and your husbands calling. there truly is a way to reach out and make a difference every where, in every moment. to dedicate your hearts, thoughts and actions in the service of others is a holy path. your words here speak straight to my heart and to opening wide the doors to the house of belonging.
thank you for spreading the light of love.

see you there! said...

Wonderful reminder that we are all part of the human family. It sounds like you have a very supportive community.

Darla

Hettienne said...

Our need to make a difference unites us. And you are inspiring others to make a difference! When you have time have a look at my post on http://hergracedevata.blogspot.com on St Terese of Lisieux - some of her words seem so poignant in what you are doing. The very first time I visited Sacre Couer in Montmartre, the monks were chanting - I will never forget it!