Mission Column February 19, 2020
Lent comes to Ogdensburg
How God loves us! Yet, in times of worry and fear, trial and suffering, we may feel like crying out, as Jesus did on the Cross: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Still, during our darkness, we remember the gift of God’s boundless love and we remember that God did not abandon His beloved Son but raised Him from death to glory. God does not abandon us.
During Lent, you can extend this message of hope to those in great need around our world. You can answer the call of Pope Francis made during his visit to Africa, after visiting the poorest of the poor: “We must stretch out our hands, as Jesus does with us.”
This Lent become the hands and heart of our Lord for our mission family, through your prayers and financial gifts. By your sacrifice, you can stretch out your hands to Sisters in Madagascar who rescue little ones from human trafficking, providing them with an education, to lay missionary catechists in one of the largest slums in Kenya, who visit the sick, pray with the dying, and teach children of the mercy and hope of the Savior, to priests and Sisters in Ethiopia who reach out to children and families in danger of starvation, saving lives and revealing the Lord’s compassion.
God reminds us that He is with us always. This Lent, would you be a loving missionary with your support of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith? Your help says to your brothers and sisters in the Missions: “God will never abandon you.”
As we continue our Lenten journey, know my prayer is for special blessings on you and your loved ones. May you be consoled in your darkest times by the knowledge that the Lord never abandons us. And may God bless you for your generosity to the Mission Church, especially at Easter!
Remember to pray the World Mission Rosary….
Please keep the Missions in your prayers. Please be generous in next week’s collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith. For more information, please connect and download the app at Mission.org.
Please remember “The Society for the Propagation of the Faith” when writing or changing your Will.