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LOVE COMPELS US
Love is the existential reality of God. It is the very essence of our own existence and yet we can often times miss its imperative thread in our Christian fabric by failing to see those who need our love the most. The Gospel teaches us that divine love in its highest form can only be experienced when love, which is freely bestowed by God, is freely given - to the most unexpected places, the unloved places and the broken places.
The church by nature is missionary (Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church (Ad Gentes). Because Jesus’ entire life resonated with missionary character, it is only expected of those who profess to follow him, to possess the same missionary quality. We cannot see missions in loving Christ, without loving His people, in the same way, we cannot embrace The Great Commission without Great Love, for it is “Love that compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14.) Blessed Pope John Paul II insists that the unequivocal words of the Gospel remind us that there is a special presence of Christ in the poor.
Mother Teresa is a great example to every catholic. Her entire life satiated with "thirst” for Jesus and she was willing to follow that thirst even if it meant living in one of the darkest ‘wells’ of the world. In Calcutta, India, the endless cries of the hungry, desolate, crippled and socially outcast gave her an opportunity not just to love Jesus but also to be truly “quenched” of her own thirst of Him.
“Whatever you do to the least of these, you have done it unto me” – in these simple words that Jesus spoke, He made known that the credibility of the Gospel lies in reaching the poor, the little ones, the sick ones, those who are unnamed and forgotten and those who can never repay us back. It is about understanding and realizing that people from other cultures and systems have a right to be helped, loved and nurtured with dignity. This kind of love that the Gospel so graphically displays becomes the power and strength of every culture.
The goal of the Love-Joy-Hope Foundation
> Is to love Jesus in the poor.
> It is to follow the footprints of Jesus among the least, encounter their life, their uncertainty and their voice.
> It is to imitate the early church fathers, where communities cared for their weakest members by sharing what they had.
> It is to affirm the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, that exhorts every catholic to put faith into action by feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, educating the young, caring for the sick, welcoming the stranger, providing access for persons with disabilities, and working for greater justice and peace.
By serving the outcast humanity through "small things done with great love" we choose to imitate Him who came to serve rather than to be served. Love compels us because every thought matters, every act matters, when compelled by love.