Study, live and spread the faith
Since I became your executive director almost a year ago, I have come to appreciate the Legatus mission to a much higher degree. Legatus members are special in many ways, not the least of which is in their love for their Catholic faith. That epiphany has prompted me to discuss the Legatus mission in this column.
I have shared some thoughts about what it means to study and live the faith, the first two tenets of the mission statement. These aspects of one’s faith life are central to attain the salvation assured us if we remain vigilant.
But as St. Luke exhorts us: “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more” Lk 12:48.
We Legates have been given more. Whatever success we may have achieved, whatever opportunities to serve the Church we may have welcomed, whatever positions of influence we are in … all of these gifts likely constitute more — the more that will demand more from us.
Now consider the last of the three underpinnings of our mission: spreading the faith. The dedication of so many Legates to spreading their faith is truly an inspiration to me. In chapter after chapter, I have come to know, respect and honor Legates who are Jesus Christ to those around them — their families, friends and business associates.
This month’s cover story features the inspirational stories of three members who are living the Beatitudes by feeding the poor. Robert Chisholm (Miami Chapter), Joseph Marmora (Jersey Shore Chapter) and Jeffrey Darrey (Tampa Bay Chapter) are to be emulated. Were they performing these corporal works of mercy prior to joining Legatus? In some cases, Yes. What is important, however, is that they are a positive influence on their fellow Legates, thereby inspiring them to serve the Church and mankind in ways not previously considered.
What is truly moving is the fact that individuals like these three gentlemen represent a broad cross section of Legates in chapters throughout the United States and around the world. On behalf of all Legates, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our members who are responding to St. Luke’s exhortation. You bless us by your example.