The best reasons to help … Monday, August 19

English: Engraved print of 19th cent. with the...

The coat of arms of the Order of the Visitation, founded in 1610 by St. Francis of Sales and St. Joan of Chantal.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially. ~ St. Francis de Sales.

Mary goes to visit Elizabeth, who is older and pregnant and no doubt in need of assistance, with no thought for herself but with a real desire to be of service. She could have gone to anyone, to some one who’s needs were less demanding, or to no one at all for that matter. Mary could’ve remained at home fretting over her own problems. She was, after all, engaged and pregnant, which made her, according to the law of Moses, a prime candidate for stoning. But she did not engage in fear or self-pity, and she didn’t take on an easy task or go an easy route. She put self aside and went where the need was greatest. I’ve said before, and I believe it, that you can tell where someones heart is by the way they explain their desire to help. Some say, “I want to help.” That sounds good and they no doubt mean well. But there is a world of difference between the mindset that goes with the statement, “I want to help”, and the one that goes with, “They need help.” One shows a self-centeredness, the other shows an other-centeredness. I may be wrong, but I’ve seen to many people go “helping” after having said the first and then I’ve seen the results. The helping normally lasts only as long as the one being helped goes along with the helpers game plan, regardless of the true need. Mary didn’t go with this mindset. It wasn’t about self or control or manipulation, it was about another’s honest need. These are the ones, the people we can visit because they have a real need and need help, that have the most need of us. These are the ones we should visit even when its hard, like it was hard for Mary traveling through the hill country on dusty paths with all of her own issues traveling with her, and to show our love to most especially. Real help is about the one in need, and never about the one helping.

Today …

St. Andrew the Tribune



St. Andrew the Tribune

St. Andrew the Tribune. Called the “Great Martyr,” he was the leader of a group of converts in the Roman army. While serving as a tribune in the army of General Galerius, Andrew and his men faced a battle with a Persian host. Calling upon Christ for aid, the Romans were victorious. Andrew and some of his troops became Christians as a result and were discharged from military service. Baptized by Bishop Peter of Caesarea, they were arrested by the military governor and executed in the Taurus Mountains of Cilicia. Now, does it sound like our saint was self-serving or serving of others? And in serving others he served, ultimately, the One Who was of service to us all, with no thought for Self, on Calvary, and on the Altar today the world over. St. Andrew the Tribune sets a good example because he followed One.

Think about it … It’s wonderful to want to help others. It’s even better when, in helping others, we leave self behind.