Pallottine Students Feed Over 240 Families
“AND THIS IS THE ROAD JESUS TELLS US TO TAKE: TO GO UP TO GOD AND TO COME DOWN TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
HE TEARS US AWAY FROM GRAZING UNDISTURBED IN THE COMFORTABLE MEADOWS OF LIFE, FROM LIVING A LIFE OF EASE AMID LITTLE DAILY PLEASURES. HIS DISCIPLES ARE NOT MEANT FOR THE CAREFREE CALM OF A NORMAL LIFE.
LIKE JESUS, THEY MAKE THEIR WAY TRAVELING LIGHT, READY TO LEAVE MOMENTARY GLORIES BEHIND, CAREFUL NOT TO CLING TO FLEETING GOODS.”
POPE FRANCIS, WORLD DAY OF THE POOR 2018
19 November • Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, Pennsauken, New Jersey USA
When we help the poor, we become servants of the poor; a most noble mission, as Jesus Himself says we will be judged by what we “do to the least of our brethren.” Indeed, it is this mission that the high-school students at Bishop Eustace Prep- founded by the Pallottine Fathers in 1954- are living. Putting actions to words, these teenagers fed over 240 families during the American Thanksgiving holiday; which also runs parallel to Pope Francis’ initiative, World Day of the Poor.
It is a long-standing tradition of the school, every year publishing a flyer directed towards the students and their families, as well as alumni, faculty, staff, offering them an opportunity to aid local families in need. Its closeness to the community is part of its greatest beauty; if Mother Teresa tells us love starts at home, then it is to our local brothers and sisters that it progresses next. Everyday holiness begins with everyday people around us.
While the celebration is in light of America’s Thanksgiving holiday, it is also opportunely timed to Pope Francis’ spirit-inspired initiative he began after the Jubilee Year of Mercy: World Day of the Poor. This year, our Holy Father reminded us all of the mission entrusted to Christians; in which the actions of these students are the living proof of his words:
The Lord stretches out his hand, freely and not out of duty. And so it must be with us. We are not called to do good only to those who like us. That is normal, but Jesus demands that we do something more (cf. Mt 5:46): to give to those who have nothing to give back, to love gratuitously (cf. Lk 6:32-36). Let us look around in our own day. For all that we do, do we ever do anything completely for free, something for a person who cannot repay us? That will be our outstretched hand, our true treasure in heaven.
May the example of these young members of our Pallottine Family serve as the spring to our step this Christmas season; a time in which we show unto others that it is in giving that we receive, and that holiness is the source of happiness.