March 3, 2017

Saint Katharine Drexel — Her Wisdom in Quotations

St. Katharine Drexel

Saint Katharine Drexel’s love of the Eucharist and perspective on the unity of all peoples fueled her dedication to addressing social inequality among minorities. Her belief in quality education for all and her tireless efforts to achieve it marked her life’s work. The quotations below testify to her deep devotion to God, selfless service and her concern for and ministry involving the victims of injustice.

Ours is the Spirit of the Eucharist, the total Gift of Self.
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The Eucharist is a never-ending sacrifice. It is the Sacrament of love, the supreme love, the act of love.
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The patient and humble endurance of the cross – whatever nature it may be – is the highest work we have to do.
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If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.
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It is a lesson we all need - to let alone the things that do not concern us. He has other ways for others to follow Him; all do not go by the same path. It is for each of us to learn the path by which He requires us to follow Him, and to follow Him in that path.
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My sweetest Joy is to be in the presence of Jesus in the holy Sacrament. I beg that when obliged to withdraw in body, I may leave my heart before the holy Sacrament. How I would miss Our Lord if He were to be away from me by His presence in the Blessed Sacrament!
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And here is the passive way – to be filled unto the fullness of God. The passive way – I abandon myself to it, not in a multiplicity of trials, extraordinary penances accomplished, practices of great works – but in peaceful abandonment to the tenderness of Jesus, which I must try to imitate, and by being in constant union with his meek and humble heart.
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Christ wishes the Christian Community to be a body that is perfect because we work together towards a single end, and the higher the motive which actuates this collaboration the higher, no doubt, will be the union. Now the end in question is supremely exalted: the continuous sanctification of the Body for the glory of God and the Lamb that was slain [Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament].
Saint Katharine Drexel friend to the poor and the downtrodden, pray for us!

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