My dearest Co-Workers, Active, Sick & Suffering, Lay Missionaries of Charity, I Thirst Movement members, Volunteers,
I wish you a very fervent Advent and a Happy Christmas. May the Little Child Jesus fill you with His spirit of love, peace and joy.
All of us long for that love. Peace and joy. To satisfy this longing, the world advocates the broad and easy way of pleasure, security and power. Travelling along this road, however, our hearts begin to crave for more and more to fill our emptiness. We begin to groan under the slavery of addiction and demands and to grieve over the ruins of broken hearts and relationships.
Jesus walked the narrow way of the cross which led to the resurrection and to new life. We follow Him in faith and simplicity. Jesus, the wisdom and power of God, came in littleness and we trust that when we are weak the power of God comes to perfection in us. Jesus doesn’t offer us solutions for our problems, but He leads us from glory unto glory in the light of the Beatitudes along the road of conversion.
During Advent, the call of John the Baptist is heard: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” (Is 40:3) May Mary, full of grace, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, help us to change any attitude that keeps us far from Jesus. The time has come:
• To turn away from the expectation and demand that others have to change and instead to set out o change our own attitudes.
• To turn away from the ambition to be admired for our success and begin to practice faithfulness in the hidden, little things.
• To turn away from the desire for efficiency and to start to focus on the person’s immediate need to be taken care of effectively and in all things aiming at the salvation and sanctification of souls.
As the year is ending, I am reflecting about the events of the year 2020. People are groaning under the scourge of Covid-19 and other afflictions of extreme hardship. The world faces civil war, atrocities inflicted by gangs and totalitarian governments, racial violence, homes destroyed by typhoon, etc. Families have struggled with sickness, death, unemployment, restrictions never before experienced in life, including limitations in access to churches and other places of worship. Ads always, the poor and the children have suffered the most. Children has also been victims of legislation promoting abortion, divorce, same-sex unions, drugs and pornography. Jesus said to our Mother, “How it hurts to see these poor children soiled with sin… draw them away from the hands of the evil one.”
Let us resolve to do all we can, in our own capacity, to protect children, including the unborn. The joy we give to one child and one unhappy home will be our best Christmas gift for Jesus.
May you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Please, pray for me.
I remember each one of you, your families and loved ones in my prayer.
God bless you
Sr. M. Prema M. C.
13 July 2020
My dear Co-Workers, Active, Sick & Suffering,
Lay Missionaries of Charity,
I Thirst Movement Members,
Let us praise and thank God for the many opportunities He gives us during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic to deepen our faith and trust in God’s providential love for us, our dear ones and our poor.
“God did not come to do away with suffering. He did not even come to explain it. He came to fill it with His Presence. He came to share in it.” – Paul Claudel –
In all our pain, sorrow and confusion Jesus is with us and He lives His Passion in us. Suffering has come upon humanity, which touches us to the core of our existence. The image of the “Tower of Babel” comes to mind. Our greed and pride have reached so high, that we even deny God‘s sovereignty over His creatures and over life. We dare to act against the natural law.
“The Lord requires of you to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.” – Mic. 6:8 –
Spiritual combat is first of all a war against the evil that is within us. The “lockdown” situation has made our activism to slow down and it provides us with the necessary time to examine and to discern by what motives, intentions and values do we personally conduct our daily lives.
God gives us this time to mend broken relationships not by clarifying, but by forgiving, by concern for the sorrows our offender carries in his/her heart. How much God will bless the pain we take to reconcile with one another. Sincere prayer will soften our hearts and open them, allowing us to show our forgiveness by extending small acts of delicate thoughtfulness freely to the one who hurts us.
I believe that God sends these chances to suffer injustice in order to teach us gentleness and humility. Our Mother wanted to become a saint according to the Heart of Jesus: meek and humble. With God’s grace we are able to take the misery of the other person into our own hearts and to confidently cry out to God for His mercy, for now his/her misery has become our own misery. We will experience the blessedness, which is deep interior joy promised to the peacemakers who are called God’s children. At the same time in the combat against the evil of pride and anger within us we have gained a great victory.
God has called us to bring hope into our troubled world at the brink of despair.
How it hurts not to be able to remain physically close to the dying due to Covid-19. In the hospitals they are left alone to face the anguish of death, deprived of every consolation and afflicted in body and soul. The restrictions on participation in the celebration of Holy Mass has brought a famine of the Eucharistic Bread upon humanity. When we receive Holy Communion we will implore Jesus that all the graces He thirsts to give may flow abundantly into us, into the souls of those who make spiritual communions and into the souls of the dying.
I thank you for your prayers and concern for the sisters and our poor. I entrust you and your dear ones to the powerful protection of Our Lady, Mother of mercy and Mother of hope, and to the intercession of our Mother.