19th Week in Ordinary Time

Caring for One Another

This week in John’s gospel account we again hear of Jesus’ care and concern for the multude. He tells the crowd, that he will feed them with his own body and blood, for he is the bread come down from heaven. Those who partake are assured of eternal life. Praise Jesus, who feeds us with his flesh for the life of the world.

Four friends and I recently toured Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a Catholic Home established in 1887 for young boys in need of food and shelter. In 1889 Fr. Dennis Mahoney purchased a private residence at what is today 1140 W. Jackson Blvd, just west of downtown Chicago. Today the home, under the wise guidance of Fr. Scott Donahue (successor to Fr. James Close), provides for kids in crisis with a safe, structured environment 24/7 where they can begin to heal and work toward a posive future.

Our summer afternoon visit was prompted by that fact that several of us have been donors for many years and have always wanted to visit the home. We were blessed by the wonderful tour we received, which included a stop at the little Mercy Chapel where we could tangibly feel the loving support of so many who have volunteered time, talent and treasure to assure that this nurturing home continues for generations to come.

It is interesng to note that many of our W/R homebound enjoy the televised Mass from Mercy Home each Sunday 9:30 a.m. WGN, Channel 9. In light of today’s gospel and Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, you are invited to visit Mercy Home via the web at: mercyhome.org to learn more. You’re also welcome
to phone Margaret Saliga, 659-4138, for more information.
Together we pray Pope Francis’ Prayer for Our Earth from Laudato Si’.

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. Amen.

Submitted by Margaret Saliga