Simplicity and solidarity with the poor-A A +A
Saturday, May 31, 2014
SIMPLICITY was a distinguishing mark of the foundational community of Venerable Ignacia. The Sisters lived their poverty in fact through their frugal accommodations, bare furnishings, and enough food for their sustenance. They lived by the sweat of their brow detached from superfluity and contented with what was minimal and essential.
The lifestyle of Venerable Ignacia and the first beatas identified them with the poor who trusted in the Divine Providence and who live by the sweat of the brow. Poverty did not petrify them and their apostolic service. They overcame the constraints of their living conditions with creativity in order to be free to serve society.
To be poor means to be simple, detached, ready to give and receive. It is to be able to accept our own history of poverty and weakness. To appropriate anything for ourselves creates a distance between us and our brothers and sisters in Christ Himself.
A life of poverty liberates the spirit of the instinct to possess and the drive to enjoy material goods. It deals with moderate and sober use of goods in order that we may have greater freedom of the spirit.
A truly simple person has the freedom to be gentle, peaceful, and joyful in the Lord. She is single-hearted about life and uncluttered by material things or pursuits. She is a person whose life is centered on God in Christ.
Today, how does one translate into deeds all that are signified by simplicity? Simplicity today means:
that we give ourselves and allow others the unpressured time needed to contemplate and appreciate God’s goodness in creation.
that we look for opportunities to heal the wounded, to bend up broken and reclaim the wrong through the kingdom and the deeds of charity.
that we rid ourselves of prejudice, class and that ethnic consciousness which puts others down.
that we seek only to serve rather than to be served or placed on positions of honor and privilege
that we minister according to God’s gifts to us, that we support those who do what we cannot and we humbly and gracefully accept the affirmation and support of others for what we can do.
that we seek whatever education and help is needed to enable us to live with one another.
that we learn to hate evil and do good by loving tenderly, walking humbly with God.
that materially we have what is necessary to live with human dignity and share even when we can
that we avoid pre-occupation with fulfillment on our health or appearance and above all with our image.
Simplicity is a beautiful virtue called the daughter of humility. The intent of this virtue is not to turn a person in upon himself but to direct him toward God. In the recognition that one is being loved by God, one can focus on his God –become simple.
(Lifted from “Ang Uliran” the Official newsletter of the National Movement for the beatification of Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo)
A Testimony of Graces Received
This is to inform you that I have received countless blessings from God through the intercession of Madre Ignacia del Espiritu Santo together with our other Saints notably Mama Mary as follows:
In 1990, I took and passed the Bar Exams; 2006 I was appointed as an MCTC Judge; 2010 I was promoted as an RTC Judge; 2013 I was transferred to a station very near to my family, not only that, my child passed the nursing board exams she took in June 2013.
Most importantly, my family is still intact at this point in time, praising, praying, and glorifying God’s Name. God is so good, really, really good! Thank you Madre Ignaciadel Espiritu Santo for your prayers and intercession. God granted my prayers and petitions. (Altone M. Miralles-Alangalang, Leyte, Phils.)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 01, 2014.