This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, August 23, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
Blessed Gérard Tum
An Invitation to Prayer
Now let us praise famous men,
our fathers from whom we descend.
—Men of compassion,
whose good deeds are not forgotten.
(Sirach 44:1 & 10)
Those who rely on the Lord are like Mount Zion.
The one who abides in Jerusalem shall never be displaced.
The way the mountains surround it,
the Lord surrounds his people,
from now on and for the ages.
The Lord will not allow the scepter of sinners
over the heritage of the just,
lest the just put their hands to iniquity.
Do good for the good, O Lord,
and to those with upright hearts.
But as for those who turn aside to crooked ways,
the Lord will lead them away with those who do evil.
Peace upon Israel!
His epitaph in the convent he founded reads:
|Here lies Gerard, the humblest among those living in the East;
The servant of the poor, a welcoming friend to strangers.
He was lowly in mien, but within him shone a noble heart.
The measure of his goodness may be seen within these walls.
He was provident in many things, painstaking in all he did.
He undertook many tasks of different kinds,
Extending his hands diligently to many lands,
He gathered from everywhere the means to feed his people.
Lord God, you teach us that the commandments of heaven are summarized in love of you and love of our neighbor. By following the example of the Blessed Gerard Tum in practicing the works of charity, may we be counted among the blessed in your kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Blessed Gérard Tum is credited with founding the Knights Hospitaller in 1099, now currently divided into the Military and Hospitaller Orders of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem and of Malta, as well as numerous other groups who trace their descent and/or inspiration to the original Hospitaller’s order. He died in 1120, and his relics were spread throughout Europe, with his skull in Malta.