Dear Friends of the Mission,
This weekend marks the 19th anniversary of the Mission of Divine Mercy. As we approach our anniversary, we make a direct appeal for your support to help maintain the daily functioning of the Mission and our Community houses. We only do this once a year.
For you and for us, this past year has been like no other: we have all faced the problems caused by Covid, by civil unrest, and by issues in our Church and society.
For all of us, it is like being in the midst of a tempest, with all of our familiar landmarks obscured or destroyed by the storm. It can cause fear and disorientation. However, we know two things: God is the Ultimate Victor and Lord of All; and He has created each of us to live in these times.
But when the Son of Man comes, will He find Faith? (Lk 18:8)
These words tell us what God wants from each of us. He asks us to have faith in Him; to trust in Him.
“FAITH, SO THAT GOD CAN ACT.”
Our Community has always believed that God created MDM to serve Him for a special purpose and for precisely these times. One way we understand our purpose is that we are to be Beacons, Shields and Anchors for those most in danger of being lost in this storm.
BEACONS that cut through the darkness with the light of His Truth and Love to reach souls that are steeped in the profound darkness that blankets our world.
SHIELDS, that with His grace withstand the attacks of the enemy and offer protection to His most vulnerable children.
ANCHORS of Faith, that prevent His children from being lost in the tempest that is upon us. We must anchor ourselves in His Heart. Our faith must deepen, like an anchor that is lowered deeper and deeper into the firm Rock. We are not lost or disoriented because Jesus is our Rock. Firm. Unshakable. Trustworthy.
And because we are anchored in Him, though we may be afraid, we do not give in to our fear.
YOU TOO ARE CALLED
God created you, too, for these times. He made you for these times. We know that Jesus has already demonstrated that He has absolute power over the storm. But look around you. Is He asking you to do what no one else can do? To be His co-worker in the storm? To be Shield, Beacon and Anchor in your family, among your friends, at work?
God bless you for your past support which has sustained this little Mission of His Mercy to this point. We believe that all the work and ministry of our nineteen years have been preparing us for these times. Your gift will give us the encouragement of friendly support as we respond to God’s call to continue to minister within the storm. Thank you, dear friends, for that support.
In His Mercy,
Fr. John Mary
Guardian of the Mission of Divine Mercy