July 29th is the Feast Day of St. Martha. She is the patron saint of servants and cooks. There is not much in the Bible about Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, who was raised from the dead. The last thing that is mentioned about Martha in the Bible is, “Martha served.”
Dorothy Day said: “If everyone were holy and handsome, it would be easy to see Christ in everyone. But it was not Christ’s way for himself. Ask honestly what you would do when a beggar asked at your house for food. Would you give it on an old cracked plate, thinking that was good enough? Do you think that Martha and Mary thought that the old and chipped dish was good enough for their guest? It is not a duty to help Christ — it is a privilege.”
Staff, volunteers, and board members of St. Martha’s Hall feel privileged to serve the women and children that we do and we welcome them into our home as Martha did to Jesus. It is an honor to get to know these women and children and help them on their path to peace and safety.