Christ has no body now on earth but yours. Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.
St. Teresa of Avila

Care for One Another and all Creation

St. Teresa of Avila wrote, “Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours.  Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.  Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes.  You are his body…Christ has no body now on earth but yours.  Taking Teresa’s words to heart, the people of St. Andrew’s seek to be the heart and hands of Jesus in the world.

This means that we don’t live solely our own sakes, but for the sake of others, being particularly attentive to those who are sick, vulnerable, poor, marginalized, oppressed, and victims of violence and hatred. Our hope is to care for one another in ways that mirror Christ's reconciling presence in the world, not as a matter of duty but as a matter of love and relationship. Our hope is to share in the promise and possibility of abundant life in Christ in our giving and in our receiving.