Letter from the Superior General
of the Missionaries of Charity Sisters
to Co-workers, Sick and Suffering Co-workers,
Lay MC and Volunteers
Sr. M. Prema, MC
My dear Co-Workers, Active, Sick & Suffering, Lay Missionaries of Charity, I Thirst Movement members, Volunteers,
I wish you and your families and loved ones a fervent Advent and a Blessed Christmas Season filled with peace and joy. May you taste deeply “the peace of God, which surpasses all our understanding and which keeps our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4;7)
As we bow before the mystery of God coming to us as a Baby we contemplate God’s love for the world and His unconditional care for His children till the end. We thank God and rejoice that we are the “little ones” in His Kingdom because this qualifies us to come very close to Jesus, the vulnerable Baby in the manger and to our crucified Jesus on Calvary.
The world offers us solutions which are instant and painless. Jesus offers us the narrow way, which orders our lives by putting God first, and seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness. Mother did not offer us solutions. She walked the narrow way of self-denial and total self-gift in all circumstances, loving until it hurts. She always gave God the first place in her life and heart.
Mother brought us to Jesus.
- When we were drawn to seek comfort and ease, our Mother took us to the poor Jesus in the crib, to Jesus who had nowhere to lay His head, to Jesus on the cross deprived of all things.
- When we wanted justice and claimed our rights, our Mother showed us Jesus who suffered and died to forgive our sins so that we also forgive others.
- When we were crushed by sickness and pain, our Mother made us aware of how close Jesus had come to us, so to be able to kiss us.
- When we felt lonely and useless, our Mother convinced us that Jesus loves us and needs us, and that Mother loves us and needs us.
- When our hearts were restless, confused and weighed down by failure and sin, our Mother led us gently to Jesus in the Eucharist who gives rest to the tired and heavily burdened.
- When we were found negligent, careless and unkind in our families, workplaces, neighborhood and schools, our Mother brought us to see Jesus who suffers in the least of His brothers and sisters.
At Bethlehem the Holy Family was refused food, shelter and listening heart. Our Lady and our Mother will help us to recognize Jesus in the lonely, the downcast and the rejected, to welcome them with joy and to make room for them in our hearts. Let us make that strong resolution that none in my family and among those I meet daily is made to feel unloved and unwanted by me.
Some of you may know Sr Anand M.C. who was appointed by Mother to take over from Jacqueline de Decker the work of linking the sisters with the Sick & Suffering Co-Workers since 1996, has now handed over the work to Sr Rajini M.C.. Please pray for Sr. Anand M.C. who happily celebrated her 96th birthday this year.
In Kolkata, pilgrims and tourists keep flocking to pray at Mother’s tomb, carrying all kinds of intentions that they know they can entrust to Mother. Although you may never had the chance to come to Kolkata, we place all your prayers and intentions on Mother’s tomb.
May you, your families and loved ones come close together this Christmas around Jesus in the crib and draw from Him the love, joy and peace to share with all those you meet.
Wishing you God’s tender love during this Christmas Season and the New Year 2018.
I pray for you. Please, pray for me.
God bless you
Sr. M. Prema M. C.
Good Friday, 14 April 2017
Dear Co-workers, Sick and suffering Co-workers, lay M.C.s, members of the “I Thirst” Movement, benefactors, Volunteers and Friends,
Grateful for the many graces received, may all of you experience deeply the joy and peace of the Risen Lord.
We are one month away from the Centenary celebration of the Apparitions of our lady of Fatima. Mother often insisted that M.C. exists at the pleading of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Although each one of us is called to give a different expression of the same charism, it is Our Lady who gives each one of us our belonging to the Society.
Mother’s mission was to establish the kingdom of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the slums. She imbibed the virtues of Our Lady’s Heart like poverty of spirit, humility, silence, thoughtfulness, going in haste to serve those in need, and self-forgetfulness. In the slums, mother was very diligent in fostering confidence in Our lady’s intercession. She said: “Our lady is the only hope of our poor people. That is why I would lie to do all possible and impossible things for her.”
On the 13th of May this year, Francisco and Jacinta, the two little children of Fatima, will be canonized and the Church offers their lives of heroic virtues as models for us. Our lady asked them: “Do you wish to offer up to God all the sufferings he desires to send you in reparation for the sins by which he is offended and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?”… “Pray, pray, pray much and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them.”
Our Mother received the same call from Jesus: “Your vocation is to love, suffer and save souls.”
Little Jacinta did not want to miss any opportunity to make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. Lucia explains: “By sacrifice, our lady means the faithful fulfillment of one’s daily duties.” On visiting Jacinta in her sickbed, Lucia found her as happy as always to suffer for the love of God and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the conversion of sinners and for the Holy Father. Jacinta said to her: “Last night I was very thirsty, but I did not drink anything. I felt a lot of pain and I offered Our Lady the sacrifice of not turning in bed.”
Our Mother, when she was still a Loreto nun, was noted by her sister to be “an utterly selfless creature. She is extraordinary in her sacrifices. She can do anything for the love of God, endure any humiliation or suffering.” Jacinta was found happy and, always we found Our Mother habitually joyful. She explained: “Cheerfulness is a sign of generous and mortified person who forgetting all things, even herself, tries to please God in all she does for souls.”
Our lady’s invitation drew Francisco to spend much time in the Church before the Blessed Sacrament to console the Hidden Jesus by his presence, giving him all his love and accepting suffering patiently. When Lucia asked him what he liked better to console Our Lord or to convert sinners so that no more souls would go to hell, remembering Our Lady’s sadness when She spoke to them about the great offences given to Jesus, he said. “I would like to console our lord, and after that, convert sinners so that they don’t offend him anymore.”
Mother’s first love was the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was moved by the words of Psalm 68:12, “Insults have broken my heart so that I am in despair. I look for one to grieve with me, but there was none; and for one to comfort me, and I found none.” Mother wanted to be the one to comfort Jesus. She wanted to remove the terrible sufferings form His Heart. On a holy card depicting the “Ecce Homo” with the words beneath it: “I looked for one to comfort me, but I found no one,” mother used to write “Be the one” exhorting us to come close to His Heart so as to understand the terrible pain caused to him by our sins and by his longing for our love and the salvation of souls. Mother recognized the same Jesus suffering in the poor little street children; suffering in the abandoned who are dying in their sins; suffering in the broken families. Mother brought all of us to console Jesus, who is left alone in the Blessed Sacrament, by our hours of adoration, and to console Jesus, who is despised and afflicted in the poorest of the poor, by serving them lovingly. May St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Saints Francisco and Jacinta intercede for us that our hearts be put on fire with the plea of Our Lady of Fatima and that we may respond to it in our unique way with extraordinary generosity.
I would like to share with you our joy over the three beautiful gifts the Immaculate Heart is giving us:
1. She is giving us a new Tabernacle at Salimaguchha, Orissa, in a remote area of Kandhamal (India).
2. At Motijhil where she was venerated in Mother’s first slum school, She is giving us a community who will be blessed by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza on the 12th of May. The sisters choose to be close to the heart of the people in the slums.
3. The third gift is a new Tabernacle in Bajo Flores in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires which Holy Father personally requested for his former diocese.
Please, pray for us, that we may cheerfully spread the kingdom of the Immaculate Heart in all our missions and console Jesus by our holiness of life.
I thank you for embracing, with generosity, all the sacrifices coming from faithfully fulfilling your daily duties. I and the sisters pray for you and for your dear families.
God bless you.
Sr. M. Prema, MC
God bless you
Sr. M. Prema M. C.