Jennifer Persia, a student and Peer Minister at Cabrini College, Class of 2014, presented the following reflection at the liturgy commemorating Founder’s Day. Her reflection beautifully reflects the spirit and significance of Founder’s Day and thoughtfully honors the College’s esteemed guest for the occasion, Fred Kammer, SJ who celebrated the Mass.
Here at Cabrini College the spirit of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini inspires us to find a spiritually based outlook when faced with a crisis. Fr. Kammer addresses the issue of human poverty and injustice with the same faith view. In his book, Doing Faithjustice, Fr. Kammer calls each of us to not only see the history and modern view of faithjustice but to live it out in our everyday lives.
As spoken by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, “love ought to manifest in deeds rather than in words.” Doing Faithjusitce provides a framework for those who commit themselves to love as a deed in the midst of modern politics and economics. This framework can be found in the core values of the college: respect, vision, community and a dedication to excellence.
The call of vision is to find a spiritually based outlook when faced with a crisis and seeking solutions. This is similar to Kammer’s overall framework.
One point that is part of the framework is a passion for justice. Fr. Kammer states that “[n]o matter what our natural demeanor, we must beg for a passion for what is right.” This correlates with the core value of respect which calls for care and compassion in regards to social justice.
A second point of the faithjustice framework is spirituality of solidarity, which he defines as “doing what we have seen the Lord do because we love.” This point along with the core value of community calls us to create a union between people with individual gifts and talents.
Finally, the core value of dedication to excellence is seen as we commit to a life-long journey and growth in the light of faithjustice. So, let us have courage and commitment to do as the Lord did for us by joining in and living a life of faithjustice. Fr. Kammer knows that living a life of faithjustice isn’t easy but, he offers that when challenges confront us “who profess…to believe, preach and practice the full gospel,” this (faithjustice) is what we desperately need in the world.
Fr. Kammer, thank you for being with us today and we look forward to your words of inspiration.
– Jennifer Persia, ’14
Submitted by: N. Rademacher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Religious Studies