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Introduction

Ed Rice windowAs we begin, let us recall all those who share, and those who have shared, the gift of Edmund with us. We remember also all those who have been served in the spirit of Edmund. (Pause)

All: O God, we thank you for the life of Blessed Edmund.

The life of Edmund Rice was spent in the service of the poorest of the
poor. From a life of comfort and wealth, Edmund gave everything up
to serve the Lord in a life of dedicated service.

All: He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.


When Edmund saw the poor, he recognised he was seeing the suffering Christ and he knew that a cup of water given in his name was indeed an act of supreme love of God.

All: May we follow his example of faith and generosity.


The generosity of Edmund can frighten us into inactivity. Can we, however, make even the smallest sacrifice to help those who are in need? Can we act with faith knowing that we may not see the outcome of our generosity in our lifetime? That is true faith.

All: Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund.


Compassion means "passion with", feeling for the suffering of others and acting out of this feeling of solidarity with the poor. This demands real courage because it may ask us to do the difficult thing in response to the suffering of the poor.

All: As we seek to live lives of love and service.


Love lies at the heart of all concern, where we overcome our own needs and reach out to those less fortunate. Love transforms lives because love is a decision to go beyond our own needs for the sake of the other. Love is not a feeling. It is a decision.

All: We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Conclusion

O God, we thank you for the life of Blessed Edmund.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund
as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.