“When shall we begin to do good?” (video fixed)

Last year I had a chance to interview Tony Rossi about The Christopher Awards, and how they emphasize how Christ is borne in the stories, these awards bring to our attention.

The latest awards have been announced, and they’ll be presented in May, but over at his blog today, Tony features one of the honored books, Kisses from Katie: a Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, and what an inspiring, humbling story it is!

A few years ago, the Tennessee teen served as class president at her high school, enjoyed shopping for shoes, and planned to attend college. But Katie had also grown up admiring Mother Teresa and the radical love with which she served the poor. At the age of 12, she started taking her Christian faith more seriously and slowly realized that she felt called to back up her beliefs with action.

On her 16th birthday, Katie told her parents that she wanted to spend a year doing mission work before going to college. They reluctantly agreed to let her volunteer at an orphanage in Uganda over winter break of her senior year, thinking that might get her new goal out of her system. Instead, Katie’s convictions were confirmed.

You have to read this story!
After high school, Katie Davis went to Uganda and never looked back. Now 22 years old, she is mother to 14 children, and the founderess of Amazima Ministries, which feeds and educates 2,000 Ugandan children. Davis’ blogposts, here are irresistible reads, and one cannot help but consider her life — and her astounding witness to the stubborn love of God for his creatures — and then look around at our first-world obsessions and think, “really…we need to get our priorities in order!

Think of it. While Western parents helicopter around their children, determined that they should be denied nothing — not even an Easter egg — and plot out lives oriented for maximum success, measured by the acquisition of more and more stuff, this young woman following the promptings of the Lord, eschewed all of that, preferring love over luxuries.

And look at her real wealth of joy!

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I know I’ve already mentioned our dear patron and friend Saint Philip Neri, today, but I must say that in her transparent and luminous joy, Miss Davis reminds me a little of Philip, who fed the hungry, clothed the naked and visited the sick and imprisoned all while gently joshing with his brothers and neighbors, “well then, when shall we begin to do good?”

Do read Tony’s post, and listen to his podcast interview with Katie Davis. You’ll feel cleansed. And challenged.

And yeah…humbled. And inspired to do something, today, for someone who could use some help. To begin to do good.

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  • DWiss

    Well, I feel humbled.

  • Eliza

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    would help if i had the right url – http://aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.friendsofportia.blogspot.com Judith L

    This is thrilling. I read Katie’s book last fall and couldn’t get over it. So I gave a lot of her ministry’s necklaces as Christmas gifts, just to try to get her story out. Now it’s like two people I admire most finding each other. Thank you, Anchoress, for telling Katie’s story. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a Christopher Award. How exciting!

  • http://colleen-fromthefield.blogspot.com Colleen

    I am a Catholic missionary serving the poor in Grano de Oro, Costa Rica with my husband and five children. I recently read Kisses From Katie. Then reread it. Then read it aloud to my family. We have all be humbled, inspired, and enlivened in our work. Thanks for highlighting Katie’s story.

  • Beth

    So inspiring! Thank you for writing about her. Katie Davis is a young version of another dedicated missionary, Heidi Baker, who with her husband Rolland has converted thousands in Mozambique. Katie and Heidi both radiate the joy of a life lived in Christ. I want some of that!

  • WOW

    Thank you, Anchoress, for sharing that story. Very uplifting. I want to buy the book.


  • DeLynn

    Thanks for writing about Katie! A few months ago, with some trepidation (only because I wondered where it might lead and though we want our kids to follow God to the ends of the earth, the thought of them being on another continent is sobering!) , I gave her book to our 18 year old daughter. I knew that Katie’s heart is Rebekah’s heart. A day or two later I went into our daughter’s room to find her engrossed in Katie’s book with tears streaming down her face. I am grateful for the work Katie is doing and also for the example she is. Thanks for highlighting her story!

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    Now that is a wonderful person.

  • Gerry

    Is Tony’s post scheduled for April Fools Day?

  • http://dailywoof.wordpress.com Kensington

    She’s amazing. I think I’m in love, too.

    And I’m buying the book.

  • Jeff

    Katie is admirable indeed, but I didn’t understand the crack about American parents in the post. For one thing, this young woman is a product of those parents. For another, I teach homeschooled students here in the Asheville area, where I see parents and children giving to their family and to those around them.

  • Sheryl B.

    Katie Davis is an amazing young woman. She spoke at our Women’s Club a couple years ago (her home church in Tennessee) and she is so poised for someone so young. And kudos to her parents for recognizing her call and vocation and supporting her in her decisions. Thanks for highlighting this exceptional person.