…“I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will remain – so that whatever you ask in my father’s name, He will give you. This is my command to you: Love one another”. (John 15:14 – 17)
The essence of Mary Aikenhead Ministries’ value of Love is a conscious desire to give, to help, to delight in the object of our love. This is not just a notion of sentiment or romanticism but involves a commitment, faithfulness and a purposeful act. Our love is shown by what we do and the nature of the relationships which we foster.
Remember the passage from St Paul:
“if I have all the prophetic powers and understand all the mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing … Love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude …” (1Cor 13:1-4)
As Christians we believe
“God is Love” (John 4:8).
We received God’s gift of his son Jesus. This is the core of God and God’s Love brings all other values into perfect harmony …
“Love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:37).
We know this is not always easy. As cartoonist Michael Leunig put it: “Love one another and you’ll be happy – it’s as simple and as difficult as that”.
And, as a Sister of Charity reflected in our recent publication Voices from the Heart, “our motto (The Love of Christ impels us) is not for wimps”.
For those in the community of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, as it is for the Sisters of Charity, we express our love through the preferential option for the poor. We seek deliberate, conscious and creative ways of serving those in need: the poor, the marginalised and the forgotten. As a community this drives us and makes us joyful and alive! As individuals this affords us the opportunity summed up in the last line from the musical Les Miserables … “to love another person is to see the face of God”.