Archdiocese of St. John's

Sunday, 22 December 2013

My Christmas Message for 2013

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we draw near to Christmas, we remember that Jesus was born in a time of political uncertainty, in a land occupied by a foreign power. A political act, a census, dictated that every man and his family register in their native town. Mary and Joseph thus found themselves far from home and loved ones, on the road, about to bring a child into the world without adequate shelter, money or support. They then became refugees when the king’s jealousy and rage endangered their child’s life. This same human drama is being played out on stages all over the world today. We entered into 2013 moved by the crisis in Syria, a human tragedy on a scale never before seen by humankind, with two million people displaced and rendered refugees. Newfoundlanders found themselves moved to respond. We ended the year with the worst natural disaster in history, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which rendered hundreds of thousands homeless. Once again, Newfoundlanders found it in their hearts to respond.
As refugees, Jesus, Mary and Joseph would have welcomed the aid provided by Newfoundlanders. Knowing what it is to be poor and vulnerable to the ravages of nature, we have consistently opened our hearts, hands and pocketbooks to help people in need. The generosity of Newfoundlanders in time of tremendous and immediate need has moved me greatly. I have been just as moved by the generosity of people who, day in and day out, take time to volunteer, donate to local charities, or bring food to people who are grieving or in need.
It is no coincidence that our God chose to take on human form in and through a poor refugee family. Our God does nothing by accident. God became human in these circumstances to call us to identify with, and give ourselves for, the poor. We cannot be satisfied with “poverty reduction” strategies; we must strive, as Pope Francis urges us, to see the world and people through God’s eyes. He calls us to envision and work for a future of hope and reconciliation, equality and justice. And how will we know that this Kingdom of God is being made real in our midst? The hungry will be fed, the naked will be clothed, the lame will walk, the blind will see, the imprisoned will be freed, and the poor will have Good News proclaimed to them.
In order to bring about this new world, it is important to do what Jesus would do. It is even more important to make Christ present in our world. We Christians do not just slavishly imitate our Master. We have been given His very heart, intelligence, skill and imagination. We must get out there, make a difference wherever we find ourselves, be creative, use our God-given talents and finely-developed skills to make the lives of our brothers and sisters better and our world a more just, more loving, more peaceful place.
I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!  May you experience all the blessings of God. Together, let us give thanks for the blessings of this past year, and look forward in hope.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Archbishop of St. John’s

Friday, 20 December 2013

Masses with the Sick and Imprisioned

Christmas Mass at Her Majesty's Penitentiary

On Tuesday, December 17 I celebrated a Christmas Mass for inmates at Her Majesty's Penitentiary. The Basilica Parish choir also attended and after Mass they provided a snack for those in attendance. I always welcome the opportunity to visit and minister to those who are imprisoned. In my conversations with inmates, I see again and again, that Christ is in search of every human being regardless of their situation. Christ understands the seasons and rhythms of the human heart and patiently and lovingly searches for the lost sheep. The mercy of God creates daily opportunities for all people to grow in goodness and find new paths of redemption. Please remember all those individuals behind prison walls - the mentally and physically ill, the illiterate and undereducated, the addicted, homeless and poor especially during the upcoming Christmas season when many will be separated from their families and loved ones.

"I was in prison and you visited me." Matthew 25:37

Christmas Mass at the Waterford Hospital

On Friday, December 20 I will celebrate a Christmas Mass with residents at the Waterford Hospital. Mental illness is one of the most agonizing of human experiences not only for the person suffering but also for their family, loved ones and all those involved in their life. Individuals suffering from mental illness need empathy, sensitivity and compassion as they struggle with the complexities of their illness. God knows our hurts and weaknesses and lovingly journeys with us during the vulnerable and broken times of our lives. Let us all be loving and accepting towards our brothers and sisters who suffer from mental illness providing support, understanding and compassion to them so that they may find strength, hope and courage in their daily struggles. Please pray for all individuals who are hospitalized, especially those suffering from mental illness, during this Christmas season.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Advent 2013


Handel's Messiah

I had the privilege to attend the annual Handel's Messiah, sponsored by Cox and Palmer, on Friday, December 13 at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. This spectacular production featured Marc David conductor, Mark Fewer guest concertmaster, Meredith Hall soprano, Daniel Taylor countertenor, Adam Luther tenor, Tyler Duncan baritone and the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO. Handel's Messiah is a Christmastime tradition at the Basilica attended by a full church. Congratulations to all performers.

Advent Penitential Celebrations

There will be a number of Penitential Celebrations at churches in the St. John's area fromDecember 16 - 19. These celebrations are an opportunity for parish communities to gather to listen to God's Word, to reflect on that Word, and to be attentive to those parts of our lives where we are challenged to live more deeply grounded in the Gospel. A number of priests will be available at each Penitential Celebration for those indviduals wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance. Please consider taking some time this week to receive God's unconditional love and mercy as you prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's first coming into this world.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 16th: St. Patrick’s Church, Patrick Street

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th: Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Military Road

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th: Corpus Christi Church, Waterford Bridge Road

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19TH: St. Teresa’s Church, Mundy Pond Road

Be It Resolved - Roger's Community Channel

On Monday, December 16, I will be Randy Simm's guest on the program "Be It Resolved" which airs on Roger's TV. Host Randy Simms explores all sides of contemporary cultural, social and poliitcal issues on the "Be It Resolved" series. I look forward to discussing with Randy issues related to religion, church attendance, spirituality, and the like as his guest on December 16.

Annual Christmas Dinner - Gathering Place

On Tuesday, December 17 I will attend the annual Christmas dinner for Gathering Place members. This year the event will be held at the Knights of Columbus building on St. Clare Avenue while renovations continue on the Gathering Place property. I always look forward to attending this annual event and welcome the opportunity to meet and socialize with patrons of the Gathering Place who show such a generous spirit of friendship and appreciation.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Faithful of the Archdiocese wish Archbishiop Currie - Happy Birthday!

Today, December 11, 2013 Archbishop Currie celebrates his 70th birthday.  On behalf of all people of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, we wish him abundant blessings on this special occasion – blessings of health, happiness, peace and joy.  May today be an opportunity for you to reflect on the great gift of life given to you and to give thanks to God for all the blessings of the past year.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
(Irish Blessing)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Collection for the Philippines

It is with a great sense of gratitude and deep appreciation that Archbishop Martin W. Currie announces that the people of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s have contributed a total of $135,395.19 to the recent collection in support of those people whose lives were touched by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. When we ponder the fact that this amount will be matched by the Government of Canada, we recognize that this brings the total to over a quarter of a million dollars. This amount is significant, for it will be combined with aid from many other sources to help the people of the storm-ravaged areas of the Philippines re-build and move on. The solidarity and support that the collection represents is even more significant. As we draw near to Christmas, we remember that Jesus was born into a refugee family, without adequate shelter, money or support. Through this collection we have embraced the opportunity to provide our sisters and brothers with aid, aid that Jesus, Mary and Joseph would have welcomed on this journey. Newfoundlanders, knowing what it is to be poor and open to the ravages of nature, have consistently opened their hearts, their hands and their pocketbooks to help those less fortunate. Archbishop Currie expresses his thanks to all who contributed in any way.

Friday, 6 December 2013

On the Death of Nelson Mandella

Ordinarily we respond to the news of a death with sadness. However last night I was filled with a sense of gratitude to God that a man such as Nelson Mandella had walked among us. His life was truly a gift and an example to all who are oppressed and walk in valleys of darkness. He walked through many such valleys in his life – he endured oppression, prejudice, enslavement and thirty years of imprisonment under the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Yet all these did not break his spirit but solidified in him a commitment to freedom, justice, and the enhancement of human dignity. More than anything else I am struck by his example of forgiveness, both seeking and bringing about – reconciliation between people, among opposing factions and among nations. 
He won the Nobel prize for Peace – but his spirit was truly noble. So today when we could be sad, we prefer to recommit ourselves to the same causes that gave him life and to work for the enhancement of human dignity - in our homes, in our families, in our schools, in our places of work and in “our own long walk to freedom.”

“Well done good and faithful servant. Come inherit the Kingdom.”

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Advent Festival of Carols and Scripture

On Sunday, December 1, 2013 I had the delightful pleasure to attend the 17th Annual Advent Festival of Carols and Scripture at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. The evening was filled with carols and scripture as well as stories told by individual storytellers - stories of consolation, hope, peace, trust and light. The choir performances were absolutely splendid. The entire evening was a great way for all in attendance to enter into the Advent season - the four weeks of preparation for the birth of our Saviour. The reception afterwards was well attended and added to an absolutely fantastic evening. Thank you to the faithful organizers of the Basilica Parish of St. John the Baptist for offering all people from St. John's and surrounding areas this spectacular annual Advent festival. Congratulations to all of you!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Year of Faith Closing Mass

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. the faith community of the Archdiocese of St. John’s are invited to gather at the Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to celebrate the conclusion of the Year of Faith with a Eucharistic celebration. Pope Benedict XV1 announced a Year of Faith to begin on October 11, 2012 the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and conclude on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King. It was Pope Benedict’s hope that the Year of Faith would help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others. 
 I hope that you have had an opportunity during the past year to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper and more meaningful relationship with him. The ‘door of faith’ is opened at our baptism, but during the past year, we were all called to open it again, to walk through it and rediscover and renew our relationship with Christ and His Church.
"The 'door of faith' (Acts14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church."---Pope Benedict XVI.

Anniversary of My Installation as Archbishop of St. John's

On November 30, 2013 I celebrate my 6th anniversary of installation as Archbishop of St. John's. In 2001, I was ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Falls. When I became Archbishop of St. John’s, I remained Bishop of Grand Falls until the appointment of Bishop Daniels on April 11, 2011. I am the 13th bishop of St. John’s and the 7th archbishop. On this anniversary I am deeply conscious of what Pope Francis has to say about bishops:

“It is Christ who, in the bishop's ministry, continues to preach the Gospel of salvation and to sanctify believers, through the sacraments of the faith. Indeed, 'episcopate' is the name of a service, not an honor. It is the bishop's responsibility to serve rather than to dominate, according to the commandment of the Master: 'the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves'.”
I thank all priests, deacons, religious and laity for your continued support and prayers and know that I pray continually for you and your needs. 
I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service… (1 Timothy 1:12)

St. Bonaventure’s College – 157th Anniversary

On Friday, November 29, 2013 I celebrated Mass at St. Bonaventure’s College chapel to commemorate their 157th anniversary. The Mass was followed by a cake cutting ceremony. Bishop Mullock established St. Bonaventure’s College to train future priests and to prepare Catholic young men for work in the various professions. While awaiting completion of the College next to the Cathedral, classes were held at the former bishop’s residence on Henry Street on December 1, 1856 with 8 boarders and 32 days students. On October 4, 1858 the College was formally blessed and named St. Bonaventure’s by Bishop Mullock after a College in Seville, Spain where the bishop had been educated. With the loss of denominational education in 1997, St. Bon’s was the first Catholic school to be closed. With the backing of the Jesuits, in September, 1999 St. Bon’s was reopened with a Jesuit as its President. St. Bon’s is today a thriving academic institution with an enrollment of over 360 students. 

Congratulations to the entire school community of St. Bon’s on your 157th anniversary.
"We aim to form leaders in service, men and women of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment." Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. 
Superior General of the Society of Jesus

Tuesday, 26 November 2013


On Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. I invite the faith community of the Archdiocese of St. John’s to gather in the Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to celebrate the conclusion of the Year of Faith with a Eucharistic Celebration.  This date is significant as it is the feast of St. Francis Xavier, patron of missionaries. We are all missionaries. At this Mass we will be commissioned anew to live and proclaim Good News in all the  places we live, work, relax and interact with others.
           St. Francis Xavier

Monday, 25 November 2013

Archdiocesan Sessions with Br. Loughlan Sofield

On Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22 the Archdiocese had the privilege again to work with Brother Loughlan Sofield. Brother Sofield held sessions with staff at the Pastoral Centre, administrative assistants and parish priests. Brother Loughlan Sofield has spoken in almost 300 dioceses in six continents. He has a vast amount of knowledge and wisdom in promoting and fostering collaborative ministry and all workshops are filled with touching stories and lots of humour. I thank all those who attended the workshops offered by Brother Sofield as well as the various Parish Finance Committees that attended the session held on Saturday, November 23 at Corpus Christi Centre on the Proposed Archdiocesan Budget for 2014. I pray that Brother Sofiled's inspirational message of hope with respect to collaborative ministry will help all of us do our part to foster and promote the ideals he presents to us.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Collection for Victims in the Phillippines

The recent Typhoon Haiyan that ravaged the Philippines is proving to have been one of the most devastating natural disasters in history. The need is pressing, and the Government of Canada has announced that any donation made through a registered charity until December 8th will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Therefore, for the next two weekends, November 16-17 and November 23-24, Archbishop Currie has asked that the parishes in the Archdiocese of St. John’s take up a collection, which will be used to support the relief efforts in the Philippines. All monies collected should be forwarded to the Office of Business and Administration by Monday, December 2 at:

Archdiocese of St. John's 
Business and Administration Office
Pastoral Centre
P.O. Box 1363
St. John's, NL

A1C 5N5

The collection for The Gathering Place, which we had scheduled to take up on November 23-24, will be deferred to a later date.

Friday, 22 November 2013

New Blog

For those of you who regularly check my blog, you will notice that it now has a new look and all former posts are gone. Unfortunately, my account was infected with a virus which resulted in my old blog having to be deleted and a new one started. Thank you to all viewers who regularly check my posts and I will resume blogging regularly ~ please continue to visit our archdiocesan website as well as my blog.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Previous Posts


The Gathering Place welcomes persons of all ages. Many of the guests who come to The Gathering Place have complex issues, ranging from physical illness and mental health problems to learning disabilities and addictions. Guests are victims of abuse, income support recipients, or are low income earners. Guests are male and female, younger and older, street people, convicted offenders, and people falling through the cracks. The Guests of the Gathering Place come from all parts of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The goal of Gathering Place is to foster among guests independence, self-respect and dignity. Further, interdependence and personal growth are cultivated through a network of community partnerships.
A Archdiocesan Collection will be taken up in the near future. Please be generous.

Congratulations and Best Wishes

I wish to offer my sincere congratulations to Most Reverend Richard Gagnon who has been appointed Archbishop of Winnipeg. Please be assured of my prayers for you as you commence your new appointment. The people of NL extend to you their congratulations and prayers as you begin this new journey. I also wish Most Reverend V. James Weisgerber abundant blessings on his retirement as Archbishop of Winnipeg and extend to him best wishes from the people of NL. We all wish you continued health and happiness in your well-deserved retirement.

Help Me (Thanksgiving Day Prayer)

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
(By Samuel F. Pugh)

Commissioning of Catechists

Family Catechesis programs are now well underway in parishes across our province. On Saturday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m. Mass at Corpus Christi Parish on Waterford Bridge Road, St. John's, NL I commissioned Catechists from various parishes within the Archdiocese of St. John's for their Catechetical ministry this year. I thank all Catechists who are ministering to families in Family Catechesis and who are helping to prepare children for reception of the Sacraments. I pray for all Catechetical Minisiters who lead young people and their families to a deeper understanding of their faith and the Sacraments by what they say and how they say it as well as by who they are and how they live. Thank you for teaching and empowering parents, grandparents and caregivers to hlep their families grow daily in their faith and to fulfill what Pope Benedict XV1 stated, "Christian parents are still called to give a credible witness of their Christian faith and hope. They need to ensure that God's call and the good news of Christ will reach their children with the utmost clarity and authenticity."
"Go. Do not be afraid. Serve." Pope Francis

Anniversary of My Appointment as Archbishop of St. John's

On October 18, 2013 I celebrated a special anniversary - six years ago, Pope Benedict XVI named me as Archbishop of St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador. I was later installed as the Archbishop of St. John’s on Friday, November 30, 2007 at the Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. I thank God for the privilege I have enjoyed to serve the faithful people of the Archdiocese of St. John's, NL for the past six years. Anniversaries are a time to stop and reflect on the blessings of years gone by and to give thanks to God for His unconditional love, mercy, and guidance. I ask for God's protection, strength, and guidance in the years ahead. Faithful servants of the Archdiocese of St. John's, please continue to remember me in your prayers and thank you for your dedication, commitment and support to me as your Shepherd. I thank God in a special way, on my anniversary, for you and your faithful service.
I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service… (1 Timothy 1:12)

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
We have reached a crossroad: let us choose life!

Two recent Canadian court decisions have confirmed the inherent dignity of human life and the necessity to continue defending it until its natural end. The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) rejoices with all people and groups who have at heart respect for the life of each and every Canadian.

The most recent decision came on October 18, 2013, when the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the earlier decision of the Court of Appeal of Ontario, in the Rasouli case, by ruling that medical doctors must obtain consent from a patient or his or her substitute decision maker before withdrawing life-sustaining treatment that may result in death. A week earlier, on October 10, the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld Canada’s laws prohibiting euthanasia and assisted suicide, in a 2 to 1 decision, by overturning the June 15, 2012, lower court decision of Justice Lynn Smith in the Carter case (which ruled that Canada’s assisted suicide law was discriminatory and, thus, unconstitutional).

These two decisions are encouraging for those who believe in the sanctity of human life. But they are only two steps towards the acknowledgement by all of this fundamental and ultimate value. We are very preoccupied by the ongoing debate over Quebec’s Bill 52 (An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care). In a way, we have reached a crossroad. We must ask ourselves what sort of society we want to bequeath to our children and our children’s children. Let us choose to build a society which prioritizes the needs of the weak and vulnerable by giving them our attention, our support and our care.

The hour is extremely serious. This is a question of life and death. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we cannot remain indifferent. We must reach out to our family, parish, social and professional networks to discuss these pressing issues and share our Catholic perspective. Today, the Lord is counting on each one of us, as full-fledged citizens, to defend life by intervening actively in the social debate on euthanasia and assisted suicide.

COLF calls on Canadians from coast to coast to become more informed about these issues by consulting the following resources:

Catholic Organization for Life and Family (

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (

Living with Dignity (

Physicians Alliance for the Total Refusal of Euthanasia


As Pope Francis recently reminded us all: “The future of a people is in the elderly and in the children. A people that does not care for their elderly and their children does not have a future, because it will not have a memory and will not have a promise!”

Life is God’s to give and to take.

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family is cosponsored by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. Its mission is to promote the human life and dignity, and the essential role of the family.
For more information:

Michèle Boulva
Catholic Organization for Life and Family
2500 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 2J2
Telephone: (613) 241-9461 [141]

Fax: (613) 241-9048

Pro-Life Letter

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Sometimes, Catholics are depicted as being against developments, ideas, practices or concepts. Today, I ask you to consider with me all that we are for. Pope Francis has encouraged us to see as God sees. I believe that the best picture we have of God's love is the love of a parent for a child. When a parent looks at a child, the parent's eyes are filled with love, pride, affirmation, compassion and joyful hope. Because we see as God sees, we must affirm, now and always, that we stand for life, for humanity,for the dignity of each human being and for each human life. It is not our place to judge the worth or the value of any life. It is our place to affirm that life, love that person, help her or him to grow, and to give that person everything possible to live as full a life as possible. If we live in this way, looking at the world the way we believe God looks at it, we will continue the presence of God's Son, Jesus, who said of Himself, in John 10:10, "I came that you may have life, and have it to the full."

Many people today regard suffering as meaningless and intolerable, contrary to fullness of life. In this climate, euthanasia is presented as a way of avoiding suffering. Euthanasia, defined in the simplest terms possible, is when a doctor or another human being, not an illness or a condition, ends a person's life. Our role, as we have seen, is to bring life, to offer life, and to enhance life. We cannot and should not judge its worth or where and when it should end. That decision is God's alone. We cannot and should not play God; we must simply love like God.

We must ask: "What kind of society do we wish to build? What kind of world do we wish to bequeath to the next generation?" Certainly not the kind of society we would we have if euthanasia were legalized. In that scenario, people with advanced progressive illnesses, or simply in old age, would find it difficult to trust their doctors and nurses or other caregivers, or even their families. We want to leave a society and a world that is even better than the one we came into. We want to leave a society and a world where the wisdom of age is honored, elders are respected, and diversity is celebrated.

On this Pro-Life Sunday, let us commit to standing for human life, honoring human life and celebrating human life as a gift of God, in all of its stages, expressions, joys and sorrows. Let us actively seek opportunities to give life, rather than take it. Let us work together to build a society in which all can expect justice, dignity and equality, and where all act with healing and compassion and love. We pray this in Jesus' name.

Your brother,


Archbishop of St. John's

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Events at oly Rosary Church, Portugal Cove & Celebrating Diversity

Events at Holy Rosary Church, Portugal Cove

On Saturday, October 5, 3013 it is my honour to visit Holy Rosary Chuch in Portugal Cove to consecrate their new altar, to bless and rededicate a beautiful stained glass window and install their pastor Fr. Ray Earle. The new marble altar at Holy Rosary was originally installed in the basement church of St. Teresa's Parish (which is currently their parish hall), Mundy Pond Road. The altar was a gift to Father Summers from his parents Anne and Michael Summers in 1938 when he was pastor of St. Teresa's. This beautiful altar eventually found its way to the Sisters of Mercy's Chapel at Littledale. In 2004/2005 with the sale of the Littledale complex, the altar was dismantled and brought to the Basilica where it lay in storage for several years until Fr. Jeff Kolonel arranged for it be be placed in Holy Rosary, an historic church built in 1915. I offer congratulations and blessings to Fr. Ray on his installation as pastor of Holy Rosary and assure him of my prayers and support. God bless the parishioners of Holy Rosary parish for your steadfast courage, devotion and commitment to your faith.

Celebrating Diversity

On Sunday, ctober 6th, 2013 at 2.30pm at St. Theresa’s Parish Hall, Mundy Pond Road, I will declare open a new Association for Multicultural Christians. This is to support faith and life of minority Christians coming from war-torn and Christian minority countries to St. John’s. The event starts with multicultural programs (dances, singing etc.) and ends with Sunday evening Mass at 5 pm in St. Theresa’s church. Snacks will be supplied. Let us support, encourage and pray for our brothers and sisters who are new to our province.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matthew 25:35)