Everyday Redeeming Love: The Cry of Those Poor

March 30, 2020

“The tears of one child…the tear is a cry that is bigger than all the universe together with its matter and anti-matter, and multiverse…everything to me is questioned by the tear of suffering of one innocent child.”

The late Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, Vatican Theologian and Scientist


Covid-19 rains downs numbers every day with such a driving force all around us: our state, our country, our world; new cases, deaths, projected scientific models from the past and predicated elaborate graphs into the future.

One number stopped the downpour for a moment. 793 deaths in 1 day in Italy.  Zooming down like a click on Google Earth, a look into human faces.

“Oh, my goodness, O LORD,” a gasp at prayer goes up.

And then faith breaks down from the storm clouds as each face glistens a tear: an elderly nun, a young father, a little girl, a homeless man, without prejudice, 1, 2, 3, 4 of 793. Faces not numbers.

And tears on faces here dried by hands like yours and mine as we care, comfort and heal, wet tears on faces in front of us every day, not numbers.

Faith in a God wiping one tear at a time is redeeming love.


-Fr. Joe Driscoll

Director of Ministry Formation and Organizational Spirituality for Holy Redeemer Health System


Everyday Redeeming Love is a weekly reflection that will explore and deepen our ways of understanding the Redeemer Charism: God’s gift of the Spirit originating with Blessed Alphonse Maria Eppinger in the founding story, and still moving in every way, in every person, in every encounter, in our emerging stories as a community.