"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me."
-Matthew 25: 35-36
Service at St. Ambrose University is grounded in the richness of the Catholic faith. In the life and model of Jesus Christ, we work to serve others because he served. We learn from the tradition and history of the Catholic Church, which inspires us to serve others and to work for justice in our world. The Catholic Social Tradition forms our service in light of our faith, and provides us with principles and teaching to help guide us to make a difference in the lives of others and in our world.
Service, in this regard, is not separated from the faith life of the community. Rather, it blossoms and finds new life and meaning because of it. As we find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren" (no. 1397). Service is a part of what makes up a life of Catholic faith, and here at St. Ambrose University, our service comes from our Catholic faith and shapes our commitment to the poor and those who are in need.
We serve because we take the values and lessons of our faith to heart, and because we listen to the history and tradition of our Church and continue to carry out the Gospel message today. We serve those in need because in Scripture and in our lives we find a God who is concerned with the poor, the needy, the lost, and all those who are forgotten. We serve others and our world because we recognize the beauty, grace, and value in all that God has made. We serve because we believe.