As Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, we are both humbled and privileged to witness this love of neighbour demonstrated every day by our people in our colleges, health and aged care facilities and in our social outreach endeavours.
Jesus asks just one thing of everyone: to love one another as he loves us.
This love that Jesus asks of us was so beautifully evidenced when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. He then asked them (and us) to do the same.
Yes, it is up to us. As St Teresa of Avila exclaimed in her challenging poem:
Christ now has no body on earth but yours,
No hands but yours,
No feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out on Christ’s compassion for the world,
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good,
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men and women now.
This is what Mary Aikenhead Ministries strives to be about. To live the gospel as Jesus commanded. To provide healing love to all we encounter, especially the poor and marginalised.
For those of us privileged to attend the recent Mary Aikenhead Ministries conference in Hobart, we saw so many examples of how our people in each of our ministries are fulfilling Jesus’ commandment to love one another.
As Pope Francis reminds us:
It is the Trustees‘ challenge and joy to see the Mary Aikenhead Ministries mission of love of neighbour continue on into the future.
Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries