The Solanus Casey Center was so special that I wanted to capture as much as possible to keep me going until we return to Detroit. We started at St. Bonaventure Church, walked through the arched doorway to Father Casey’s coffin, and thoroughly delighted in the spacious hallway that waited to be explored.
Our time at the Center was “a pilgrimage, not a tour” (Joseph Taylor); an exultant, transformational experience; a spiritual journey that continues even today.
Mercy and justice
“Each of the saints on the glass wall is an example of a life dedicated to these twin virtues:” mercy and justice (Solanus Casey Center, n. d.). Shown below are Clare of Assisi, Katharine Drexel, Elizabeth of Hungary, Francis of Assisi, Joseph the Just, Martin de Porres, Thérèse of the Child Jesus, and Our Lady of Guadalupe, respectively.
Displayed on the wall opposite the saint etchings overlooking the tau garden are the Works of Mercy.
The seven corporal works of mercy relate to the material needs of others: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, visiting prisoners, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, and burying the dead.
The seven spiritual works of mercy relate to the spiritual needs of others: instructing the ignorant (about Christian practices), counseling the doubtful, admonishing sinners, comforting the afflicted, forgiving injuries, bearing wrongs patiently, and praying for the living and the dead.
Blessing for justice and peace from Troubadour: A Missionary Magazine (Franciscan Missionary Society, Liverpool, UK: Spring 2005)
May God bless you with discomfort… at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths , and superficial relationships. May God bless you so that you may live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.
May God bless you with anger… at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people. May God bless you so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears… to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war. May God bless you so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy. And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, in your neighborhood, so that you will courageously try what you don’t think you can do but in Jesus Christ you’ll have all the strength necessary.
May God bless you to fearlessly speak out about injustice, unjust laws, corrupt politicians, unjust and cruel treatment of prisoners, and senseless wars, genocides, starvations, and poverty that is so pervasive.
May God bless you that you remember we are all called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch.
July 29, 2014
Gladden the soul of your servant; to you, Lord, I lift up my soul. Lord, you are good and forgiving, most merciful to all who call on you (Psalm 86:4-5).
August 16, 2014
“Be merciful to all who are suffering violence, keeping always in your heart the example of the Lord who said, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice'” (St. Stephen of Hungary).
September 16, 2014
Let us remember one another in concord and unanimity. Let us, on both sides of death, always pray for one another. Let us relieve burdens and afflictions by mutual love that, if one of us by the swiftness of divine condescension shall go, hence the first, our love may continue in the presence of the Lord; and our prayers for our brethren and sisters not cease in the presence of the Father’s mercy (St. Cyprian).
December 15, 2014
Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to heaven (St. Camillus de Lellis).
November 13, 2015
For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves (1 Peter 2:15-16).
December 7, 2015
Mercy is a good thing, for it makes men perfect in that it imitates the perfect Father. Nothing graces the Christian soul so much as mercy (St. Ambrose).
January 12, 2016
The true efficacy of our works depends upon our interior life, and the true worth of a soul is the worth of its interior life; for a soul’s worth is in direct proportion to the intimacy and intensity of its relations with God. The interior life is the chief, the most important, and the most efficacious element of the spiritual life. It is the one thing necessary (Archbishop Luis M. Martinez, Worshipping a Hidden God).
February 8, 2016
We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace (Pope Francis).
April 26, 2016
“At that day of judgment we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done” (Thomas à Kempis).
May 9, 2016
“Be on such cordial terms with those under you that, when you are all together, it would be impossible to say which is the superior” (St. Vincent de Paul).
June 10, 2016
“The less we have here the more shall we enjoy in God’s kingdom, where the mansion of each is proportioned to the love with which he shall have imitated Jesus Christ”
(St. Teresa of Ávila).
September 7, 2016
God is truly humble. He comes down and uses instruments as weak and imperfect as we are. He deigns to work through us… to use you and me for his great work (St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, The Love that Made Mother Teresa).
October 6, 2016
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are” (Benjamin Franklin).
March 31, 2017
Most High, Glorious God, in our times of suffering, may we follow the example of Jesus; but may we also serve as a source of comfort and consolation to others in their suffering. May we never let the fear of suffering stand in the way of our calling to love and work for justice. Amen (Daniel P. Horan, OFM in The Last Words of Jesus).
Links of interest… Beatitudes: Jesus Christ Savior / Matthew 5:1-12 / New Advent / Tripod / Wikipedia / YouTube… Being merciful… Call of service: A witness to idealism: book review / preview / servant leadership / spirituality & practice / summary… Confirmation… Corporal works of mercy: ideas for your summer bucket list & in the home… Dorothy Day, as seen by her granddaughter… Focus (blog – pope alarm)… Gifts & fruits of the Holy Spirit (Bible verses)… Instrument of peace (song, YouTube)… Irish priests’ statement calls for free, open discussion of church’s exclusion of women… Let your works profess your faith… Live out divine mercy… Mercy: embraced / gardener’s reflection / justice / mission / models: Dorothy Day & St. Francis… Pope Francis: mercy & justice / “Padre Pio was a servant of mercy“… Ransoming for Christ: The story of two daring religious orders… Saintly former slave a model of mercy… St. Bonaventure’s prayer for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit… Virtues… Works of Mercy: catechist’s journey / Catholic kids / confirmed in the Spirit / corporal & spiritual / daily Catholic / divine mercy / doing good / faithful scribbler / first papal message for creation / fumbling toward grace / fish eaters / link to liturgy / living the liturgical year / Loyola Press / practicing the spiritual / Wikipedia…
WP posts… Budding relationships… Call of service… Capuchin church stations… Father’s guided tour… Father now retired… God’s master plan… Memory lane… Promise of hope… Si quaeris miracula… Solano, Solanus, Solani… St. Bonaventure Church… St. Felix… Today’s Beatitudes