Service

Here I am, Lord

Not only did St. Ignatius promote spiritual formation and education, but also service. In fact, according to Ignatian Spirituality, we are all called "to love and to serve in all things." And although the one being served benefits from these acts, the server profits as well. Service improves patient outcomes, prevents burn-out and returns the joy to the practice of medicine. But what does it mean to truly serve and how is it accomplished? The late Fr. David L. Fleming, long-time editor of Review for Religious, explains it best:

"What have we learned about Ignatian service? First, by looking at God who is the first to serve, we begin to learn about service. Second, from God, we learn that love is the foundation and love is the stimulus for service. Love is expressed in deeds—in acts of service—more than in words. And yet our service should speak out and communicate the love that is at its source. Third, service cannot be restricted to certain actions or deeds, to certain results or accomplishments. From Jesus and the gospels, we learn that to follow is to serve, to be available is to serve, to believe and to trust is to serve, to accompany is to serve, to forgive and to be compassionate is to serve, and to celebrate the Eucharist is to serve. We also learn to serve is always to share what we have been given. That is why serving always follows upon loving—because lovers share their gifts. After our explorations of this idea of service, we find that Ignatius again leads us to the grace that we prayed for in the Contemplation on the Love of God. We pray for the grace that we might be empowered "to love and to serve in everything," "en todo amar y servir." Our ways of serving will be as rich and deep as our ways of loving. We are acting with God. We are God's servants. We stand ready and willing. We say: Here I am. I want to serve."

As an organization, the CHG of Central Texas reiterates these words and hopes to provide a platform from which all healing professionals have the capacity to state them whole-heartedly as well. Our website is the place to start with a listing of service opportunities. In addition, please join us for our upcoming group service project on Thanksgiving day. Stay tuned for more details!

Called by Name

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work… Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 12

As the Catholic Healthcare Guild, we hope to affect a new sense of cooperation between the various specialties that comprise the health care system.

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Living St Luke's Legacy

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How to Become a Member

Learn about the Benefits of Joining