Three Legionaries we hope will be declared Saints
Welcome to all visitors and especially those struggling with non belief in God.
The proof of the reality of this love is that it be manifested in circumstances which test it. That vital test consists in loving those whom mere human nature bids one not to love. Here is the acid-test of the true and the false love for humanity. It is a pivot of faith, a crucial-point of Christianity, for without the Catholic ideal this sort of love simply cannot exist. The very notion would be fantastic, if divorced from the root which gives it meaning and life. If humanity for its own sake is to be the gospel, then everything must be judged from the angle of its apparent utility to humanity. Something which would admittedly be valueless to humanity must logically, under such systems, be viewed just as sin would be viewed in the Christian dispensation, that is, as something to be eliminated at any cost. Those who give self-sacrificing demonstrations of true Christian love in its highest forms, do a supreme service to the Church. (Handbook Chapter 37 Suggestions as to works, Section 6 : Work for the most wretched and dejected of the population.)
The Regina Coeli Hostel
The Regina Hostel is the sister hostel of the Morning Star and was opened for homeless women and children by Frank Duff because he was particularly concerned with the effects of poverty on women. Following the founding of the Legion of Mary in 1921, he and members of the Legion set out to deal with prostitution that was wreaking havoc on the lives of necessitous young women. The Sancta Maria Hostel located in Harcourt Street was established. During its 50 years of existence hundreds of women were enabled to reintegrate into normal life. Frank Duff recognised that apart from restoring a person's selfesteem, the issue of homelessness was in itself totally demoralising. In 1927 the Morning Star Hostel for men was opened and in October 1930 the Regina Coeli Hostel for women.
Just in a like manner to the Morning Star Hostel our hostel needs to have some renovation and upgrading work to be done on it. Part of this work has already been completed and we have a new roof on the hostel.
This particular activity has been considered at length
because it really concerns the whole spirit of the Legion. In
addition, it holds, amongst services done to the Church, a key
position. For it constitutes a special assertion of the Catholic
principle that even the lowest of human beings hold in
relation to us a position which is independent of their value
or agreeableness to us: that in them Christ is to be seen,
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