When the Capuchins started a soup kitchen in response to the Depression, Fr. Solanus Casey worked as diligently serving those who came for food as he did ministering to those who knocked on his door.  He loved them all - no matter what they looked, smelled or sounded like. 

SolanusSoupKit.jpgThe Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, wrote this about charity:  "All our religion is but a false religion, and all our virtues are mere illusions and we ourselves are only hypocrites in the sight of God, if we have not that universal charity for everyone - for the good and for the bad, for the poor and for the rich, and for all those who do us harm as much as for those who do us good."

There is only one way to achieve this depth of love for humanity, and Fr. Solanus knew it well:  through an encounter with the Cross of Christ.  For unless we come face to face with the pain and triumph of the Cross, our faith is mere sentiment.  It is when we can embrace Christ on the Cross that we can finally embrace all of humankind. 

Life will throw us some curve balls; we all will meet suffering at some point.  If we bear it with love we can then understand our neighbors' suffering and love them instead of judging them.  Thus, true charity is born.

Ven. Solanus Casey, pray for us!