Paris “SERVICE”

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father. ‘Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you […]?’And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Mt 25:34-40)

Montmartre – “Mount of Martyrs” 

Montmartre is believed to be the site on which Saint Denis, first Bishop of Paris and his companions were martyred by the Romans in 275 AD. Saint Denis’ fearless and indefatigable preaching of the Gospel led to countless conversions. Denis is said to have picked his head up after being decapitated walked six miles while preaching a sermon of repentance. He is one of the Patron Saints of Paris.In 475 Saint Geneviève persuaded the people of Paris to erect a chapel on the site where he was martyred. Along with Saint Denis, the remains of a large number of anonymous Christians martyred during the persecutions were venerated, thus contributing to the hill being called the Mount of Martyrs (Mont des Martyrs – Montmartre).

Do I practice charity and corporal works of mercy?

Pray as if God will take care of all; act as if all is up to you. Anonymous

Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal 

Our Lady visited St. Catherine Laboure to inspire the creation of the Miraculous Medal. In Nov 1830, at the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine during her evening meditations. She displayed herself inside an oval frame, standing on the earth, crushing a snake, with rays of light emerging from her hands towards the globe. Along the outside of the frame appeared the words, “O Mary, Conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

“Do I look with love at all created things? What is my look on the people I meet? What does it depend on?” 

“Humility and charity are the two master-chords: one, the lowest; the other, the highest; all the others are dependent on them. Therefore it is necessary, above all, to maintain ourselves in these two virtues; for observe well that the preservation of the whole edifice depends on the foundation and the roof.” St Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul Chapel 

St. Vincent de Paul was a Catholic priest born in 1581 who devoted his life to serving the poor and was canonized in the 1700s. He is known as the “Great Apostle of Charity.” He spent his life preaching missions to and providing relief to the poor. He even established hospitals for them. This work became his passion. He later extended his concern and ministry to convicts. The need to evangelize and assist these souls was so great and the demands beyond his own ability to meet that he founded the “Daughter of Charity”, a lay institute of woman, to help, as well as a religious institute of priests – the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (the Vincentians).

“You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor, always smiling and good-humored. They are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting master you will see. And the uglier and the dirtier they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is only for your love alone that the poor will forgive you the bread you give to them.” St Vincent de Paul

Where is God calling me to do justice in the world? What do I get very passionate about?

Prieuré Saint Benoît

The Benedictine Sisters at Prieuré Saint Benoît is located near the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre provided us with a cozy safe place to rest our heads in the heart of the city, fresh bread and nourishing food to fill our stomachs. We learned about religious life at the Priory from one of the sisters.

“Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance.” St Vincent de Paul

Exploring Paris 

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