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'Falling Down, Standing Up'

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.

- Psalm 145:14

On a human rights delegation to Haiti in 1993, I met Pere Jean-Marie Vincent, a priest who stood in solidarity with the poor and the oppressed. Two years later, at a more peaceful time, I returned to Haiti and prayed at the spot where this holy man had been killed shortly after we had left. A guide translated the plaque marking Pere Vincent's death as, "He died here." "No, no," cried one of our members. "It actually says, 'He fell here so that we might stand up.'"
Helping one another to stand up is part of our call as followers of Jesus. We do this through the witness of our lives, through encouragement and affirmation, through accompaniment and support. When we do this, we image for others a God who remains with us always, especially at the low points of our lives.

- Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, I.H.M.
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