Dispatches from Fr. Charitas
Friday, April 20, 2018
What is my mission as a Christian? To find ways to make God’s Love tangible.
Not merely thoughts, not merely intentions, not even merely words unless those words turn Love into a sensory experience. This tangible Love, this Christ-manner of Love is one that touches with healing touches, comforting touches, liberating touches, touches that experience the Love of the Lover.
Most Sundays I tried to tell my congregation that I and the Lord both loved them. Sometimes those words had more “touch” than on weaker, self-concerned, harried and hurried Sundays. But one gentleman in one of my congregations, his name was Roger. Because of a car accident, he lived with certain limitations to his mobility and his fine motor skills. But every Sunday, Roger did what I tried to do … he made the Love of Christ quite tangible. You see Roger give wrapped pieces of candy to everyone he met. And that giving of candy by way of his shaky hands … I found to be an artistry of Christian Love.
My Loved Ones, for we who have Christ living within our living, Love is more than a thought, more than a doctrine, more than a lip service, more than an intention, even more than the limits of words. For we who live in Christ and in whom Christ does live … we are the ones who makes the Love Divine something wondrously tangible.
In His Service always,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz