My dear Co-Workers, Active, Sick & Suffering, Lay Missionaries of Charity, I Thirst Movement members, Volunteers,
In these times of darkness, persecution and impurity, let us long for the coming of Jesus and prepare for it by living in communion with the Most Pure Heart of Mother Mary immersed in her adoration.
Before the Mystery of the Incarnation, before Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Mary, our response is adoration. “When God brings the firstborn into the world, He says: Let all God’s angels worship Him.” Heb. 1:6. The wise men came to adore one who lies in a manger. They look, they believe and do not question and they adore Jesus’ hidden Divinity in pure faith. Mary and Joseph knew this child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and they adore Him by loving Him intensely and serving Him with reverence.
During this Holy Season, let us beg God continually:
- for the grace of awareness and attentiveness in the presence of the “ever greater God” by opening
our hearts in joyful expectation to the mystery of Christ’s birth;
- for the grace to humble ourselves like Mary, who knows her nothingness before her Creator and adore with her Jesus, her Infant Son. To adore means to say: “You are great, I am nothing.”
- for the gift of the virtue of religion, expressed in adoration, that sets us free from turning in on ourselves, and sets us free from the slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world. See CCC 2097. Adoration strips us and presents us before God as we are.
- for the grace to adore and attune our hearts to the Will of God and His Providence, convinced that God’s Will is all love in its origin, love in its realization and love in its reward. This conviction enables us to accept the good as well as the painful events with hope and peace.
- for the gift of the fire of Divine Love to purify our souls, to burn away all that is incompatible with God’s own holiness and to be transformed into Jesus’ own fire of love. Adoring God, we feel that we need God knowing that we are sinners, daughters and sons and sisters and brothers to others especially the weakest ones.
- for the gift of an adoring heart aflame with love for God and neighbour, a heart content to remain silent and still in His presence, a heart engaged only in the act of loving God and of receiving His love.
Kneeling close to Mother Mary, we will learn from her to adore Jesus in spirit and in truth/sincerity. Let us be the one to offer reparation for the blasphemy, indifference and coldness that attack the Divinity of Christ by an increase of adoration, reverence and obedient surrender. Let us make our lives a continual act of adoration. Together with all creatures in heaven and on earth, let us raise our hearts and voices: “For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father. Amen!”
In October, I met with our sister in Ranchi, India who was accused of being involved in child trafficking. She asked me to thank all for their prayers and sacrifices offered for her. Please do continue to pray for her. Also remember our sisters and the people in Yemen and Venezuela who continue to suffer from unchanged conditions in their countries.
My sisters and I wish you and your dear families God’s profound joy and peace this Christmas and His grace and blessing for the New Year 2020.
Please, pray for me.
God bless you
Sr. M. Prema M. C.
Our dear Co-workers, Active, Sick and Suffering, lay Missionaries of Charity,
I Thirst Movement Members, Volunteers,
During this Holy Season of lent when we prepare for Easter, Jesus invites us to draw closer to Him in His Passion, Together with Our lady and our I Mother, St, Teresa of Calcutta, let us follow Jesus all the way to the Cross on Calvary.
Jesus knew from the beginning every detail of the terrible suffering He was to undergo in the sight of the people. With faith and love, He accepted all of it recognizing it as the Father’s Will and Plan of Redemption. All of us have our share of troubles great and small. Prayer and interior fervor should enable us to recognize in them the Cross of Christ, and assist us to accept them with faith and love.
Do we not sometimes wonder why God is not answering our prayers? Faith is not just believing that God can answer our prayers. Faith calls us to make sacrifices and acts of surrender to the Will of God. 3f I pray without giving up a resentment, auger, a dislike, a sinful habit or an infidelity, Jesus will ask me to surrender it to Him. Mother was able to say with full confidence, "God does not refuse me anything because I do not refuse Him anything."
Our troubles great and small may lead us to discouragement, fears, feelings of hurt, loneliness and guilt. When our hearts are hurting, our minds may fill with thoughts of self-pity, self-defense, grumbling and blaming. We must immediately renounce them resolutely. We must train our hearts to freely choose to love. Every suffering we lovingly accept in faith and unite to the sufferings of Jesus increases our holiness. May Our lady and our Mother obtain for us love that does not count the cost, but just gives.
Our sisters are serving the poorest of the poor in 760 houses around the world.
On the 13th of May, we plan to open cur second hou3e in Baghdad, Iraq. The first house, begun by Mother in 1991 serves handicapped children. The new house, the
Sisters hope to give a home for abandoned men. Sometime after the Feast of the
Sacred Heart, which falls this year on 28 June, our contemplative sisters will open a house in Rreshen, Albania. The Bishop asked for contemplative sisters, recognizing that their prayers and sacrifices have priority over all the urgent material and pastoral needs of his people.
This year, the Archdiocese of Calcutta was c to seen to host the World Day of the Sick, which is celebrated to bring to a greater awareness the dignity of the sick as well as the privilege and responsibility of persons involved in the care of the physically and mentally sick in institutions and families. The delegates, including Patrick Cardinal D’Rozario, Archbishop of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Papal Envoy for World Day of the Sick, and Peter Cardinal Kbdwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, attended Holy Mass at our Mother- house and visited our homes, Prem Dan and Shanti Dan0
Please continue to pray for all our sisters, especially those serving in the troubled areas of the world. I am deeply grateful to you for sharing in our prayer and work. I pray for each one of you and your families and dear ones.
May you have a Happy and Holy Easter.
The Resurrection of Jesus has overcome sorrow and death.