From Our Founder
I thought my job in the business world defined my life. I took full responsibility to provide for my family ‘business’ was the way I accomplished that. I was passionate about what I did, setting goals and reaching them, and about building relationships staff and customers. But just like that, it all came to an end. “My services were no longer needed.' I was 65 with only a few years left before I retired and all of a sudden my world was shaken. I will spare you the details, but through God working in my life, really without me knowing it or being aware of it, I was brought to a significant crossroads. Was I going to feel sorry for myself and continue to be a victim in the circumstances or was there something new for me or a different direction to go in? No one is more surprised than me.
It was Easter in 2014 and I'd been encouraged by my sons to consider my relationship with the Lord. At this time, I was very much affected by our new Holy Father, Pope Francis and the way he witnessed the mercy and love of God to all he met. I was instantly attracted to this way of experiencing the Church and its mission in the world…and it didn’t stop there.
In my daily hunger to read more about Pope Francis, I came across the statement that one of the Cardinals whispered to him as he realized that he had enough votes to become Pope: “Don’t forget the poor!” This statement shook me. It awakened a desire in me to support Pope Francis in his mission to live the Gospel mandate to care for those in need. And thus, the Live Greater Foundation mission was born.
I have spent most of my life “forgetting the poor” and it is now, following the leadership of Pope Francis, I am inspired to work, a day at a time, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and to preach the gospel to all we meet.
Retirement is a funny thing. Live Greater is the start of a new chapter for me and a new story that is being written. I ask you to join me in this endeavor, to not forget the poor, and to make a tremendous impact on our brothers and sisters who suffer in the world.
Twenty years ago, I would have laughed if someone said this is what I would be doing in my retirement. I conclude with a grateful heart and sincere invitation for you to join me in this journey.
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