The Sisters of the Good Samaritan are inspired by a simple yet powerful story, the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37.) They take as a living instruction Jesus’ command to go and ‘be neighbour’ to those most in need.
Our neighbour might be an impoverished child from a squatter village in the Philippines, a prisoner in Melbourne, a refugee family, a single mum at risk of homelessness or a woman escaping a home afflicted by family violence. Good Sams reach out to help wherever they can.
The Sisters of the Good Samaritan draw further inspiration from the Rule of Benedict, a spiritual treasure dating from the sixth century.
Though originally written for a group of monks, the Rule contains lessons for all contemporary people; lessons about mercy and humility, about hospitality, caring and welcome.
The Rule is intended for those who seek peace. It speaks about acceptance, compassion and offers insightful advice to those who want to restore balance to their lives.
With these deep underpinnings, the spirituality of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan is one of caring and inclusion, with a wisdom that is relevant to the real and complex issues of today.