“We weep for what you have lost, fight for what you have.
Weep not for what is dead, fight for what is born in you.
Weep not for the one who abandoned you, fight for who is with you.
Weep not for those who hate you, fight for those who want you.
Weep not for your past, fight for your present struggle.
Weep not for your suffering, fight for your happiness.
With things that are happening to us we begin to learn that nothing is impossible to solve, just move forward.”
These words of Pope Francis were also true in the life of our Founder, St. Louis Guanella. As Servants of Charity (Guanellians), we exclaim, along with Mother Church, joy in inaugurating the centennial anniversary of the death of our Founder, St. Louis Guanella, who embraced love in its dignity, poor and neglected people in their fraternity, and orphans in their solidarity. He lived as a saint of the poor in those days where miseries, sufferings and neglect were at their peak. The man born in the small village of Fraciscio, Italy became the illumination and light of the people; especially those who cry “I have no one.” His complete surrender to Divine Providence is a magnifying exhortation of his life’s glorification. That’s why “his works are sustained by the spirit of trust in providence, of work and of sacrifice that is holiness and work. The only things we should fear in regard to the life of our Houses are sin and lack of trust in the Lord.”
“We are united with each other principally by the bond of charity intended by the founder to be the life of God poured forth into our hearts by the Spirit and by the love of individuals who enjoy living and working together.” (Con. 12) This bond is the source of our progress and perfection, which sustains us in the mission of our Founder. The theme of our Provincial Chapter invites us to be in fraternity, having a sense of belonging and surrendering oneself for fraternal correction. “It is not my will but let thy will be done” (Mt 26,39) was the act of surrender by Jesus when he was in pain and agony. Though everyone deserted him, his trust in his Father never wavered. He committed and convicted himself in the kenosis of His Father’s mission. Therefore, the world is drawing us into a mess; mesmerizing advertisements, unquenchable consumerism, fascinating and fabricating ideologies, tricky principles of division, magna carta of political arenas, edifying and enriching social mass media and a spiritual dryness and vacuum in the hearts of people takes humanity away from the heights of heaven. There is need of living well, but there is even more need of dying well. A good death is everything, especially today where people think only of things and enjoyment here on earth, rejecting eternity says our Founder. So we are invited to bear the burden of one another (Gal 6,2) and to show filial surrender to our brethren and work for the alleviation of suffering taking on the program of our founder, “Pray and Suffer.” As this month is dedicated to the Divine rosary, let us take all our petitions and prayers to our Divine Mother so that she may obtain for us all the necessary graces. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart says Helen Keller.
Fr. Soosai Rathinam