Ursuline schools around the world have the motto Serviam, Latin for “I will serve.” What does it really mean? As explained on school websites, it’s “a way to deepen your concern for others and turn it into meaningful action, a calling to use your unique gifts and talents to help those in need, an attitude and a spirit that will stay with you for the rest of your life.” Another says, “the motto of Serviam lives on in the hearts of Ursuline girls long after graduation.”
As testimony to the truth of all that, six of us (2 Ursulines and 4 alums) leave Wednesday morning for the borderland of Laredo, Texas. We’ll join our sisters there who serve senior citizens, immigrants and children. We want to share ourselves and bring affirmation and joy to the people. We also desire to be stretched in spirit, to grow personally as we encounter the poor and are touched by their wisdom and goodness.
Hopefully, we’ll come back from Laredo more aware that we are all poor in one way or another and we all need God. This is the poverty of spirit that Jesus modeled so well and that helps us claim solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need. This is why we care about Serviam.