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Oct. 18, 2017

When we experience a difficult period in our lives, we can become so consumed by our problems and pain that we forget that God is with us always. St. Paul tells early Christians, who had made a point of helping him, that he is grateful for their generous efforts. However our Lord has given him the grace and power to endure both good situations and bad. “In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. I can do all things in Him who strengthens me. Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress (Philippians 4:12-14).

Each of us must willingly open ourselves to God’s plan and understand that sometimes this means persevering despite suffering of body, mind or spirit. Whatever distress we face, we are never alone. Our Lord will bless and help His faithful people, whether or not we realize it at the time or even completely comprehend what He wants of us. We must trust Christ’s love. He will never fail us. As we look forward this weekend to  World Mission Sunday, we are reminded to support missionaries who deliver the hope-filled good news that God is with us always to our brothers and sisters in greatest need.      

In anticipation of World Mission Sunday next week, why not  offer a World Mission Rosary asking Jesus to care for missionaries and those they serve and to help us express our faith in all we do.  Remember World Mission Sunday in your thoughts, prayers, words and deeds.  This Sunday, the Catholics of the world, will  gather at the Eucharist and celebrate the hope that saves through prayer and participation in the Eucharist, and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. 

Today we must realize that we are still a missionary Church. The ministry, passion and death of Jesus were not just ancient historical events. Through His resurrection, Christ saved us from the consequences of sin and death. Our Lord lives as truly now as He did two thousand years ago. And it is up to us to share our faith through prayer, example and support for the Missions through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.Please remember “The Society for the Propagation of the Faith” when writing or changing your Will.      http://www.rcdony.org/mission-office.html

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