SELF-CARE AS CARE FOR OTHERS
Father Adrien Telmon’s missionary zeal in caring for others was indefatigable, but at a price. He had eventually fallen ill and needed to be cared for by the Grey Sisters in Ottawa. Eugene’s letter of gratitude to them for their care is filled with the plea to make Fr. Telmon see the foolishness of his endless activity which affected his health.
“Would to God, my dear Sisters, you had as much power to dissuade this Father from throwing himself into a whirl of activities as you have charity to cure his illness… Tell him that this is not willed by God and consequently no one in the world can demand him to ruin his precious health.”
Letter to the Grey Nuns of the hospital of Bytown, 30 July 1846, EO I n 68
“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.” Saint Mother Teresa
Loving God, may the care I take of myself be motivated on my being there for others.
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