“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3
Dear Missionary Friends,
The very purpose of this Easter season reminds us–no matter what we face today, what we have been through, or what uncertainties tomorrow may hold—that Christ has risen and He is our Hope. He conquered death. He makes all things new. Families are spending more time together, eating dinner together, more home-cooked meals are being served. Prayer is back in school around the kitchen table. Wildlife is returning in different areas. There is less reliance on spending money for fun. The world is facing a unique challenge. We choose to find the best in this situation and we challenge you to do the same
When the Spanish Flu hit Phenix City, Alabama in 1918, many healthcare workers and even local pastors would not enter a home of a patient for fear of getting infected themselves. But we, Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity, took on the work of home visits and bedside care to those afflicted with the dreaded pandemic. Through the divine grace of the Holy Spirit, none of our sisters were infected. Their bravery made the local citizens look differently at “those Catholic ladies.”
Today’s pandemic is different no doubt. What has not changed is our desire to continue our missionary work and outreach. Our retreat centers, while not holding on-site retreats, are utilizing different web platforms to host Bible Studies, training for youth ministers, meetings for Catechists and RCIA candidates, faith-sharing, and spiritual direction. Excess food has been donated to local soup kitchens. Sisters have banded together to make masks for the homeless. Our sisters are donating blood, volunteering with food banks, and providing outreach programs for those in need. Many of us are calling and writing to the infirm we cannot visit, and are providing spiritual counsel over the phone.
I believe in this time we are called more than ever to hold one another in prayer and to pray for the whole world. We pray for each of you and your intentions, for the first responders, doctors, nurses, for our politicians, the military, our religious leaders, those afflicted, and those working on a cure. We invite you to join us in prayer at this time and always, we pray the Novena to the Holy Spirit daily in English and Spanish,
THANK YOU for your continued prayers and support. May the grace and peace of the Holy Spirit be with us always!
On behalf of all of our Sisters,
Sr. Barbara McIntyre, MSBT
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