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17 June 2015
“Let us never avoid or run away from difficulty, but follow our leader, Christ Jesus.”
St. Catherine of Siena
My dear Co-Workers, Active and Sick & Suffering, Lay MCs and Volunteers,
In a world tormented by uncertainty, fragmented by disunity, fearful of violence and calamities, what will help us to be carriers of God's love, peace, joy, and hope?
In our helplessness and confusion, we stand with Mary at Calvary at the foot of the Cross and hear Jesus assure us, "I am with you." We are never left alone, never left to ourselves. Our God is with us.
At times, it is my own weakness - my unforgiveness, hatred, jealousy, failures, suffering - that causes the turmoil in my heart. Let us become aware of the attacks of the devil who tries to pull us down with accusations from self, others, situations and even God. Immediately we must stop imagining and grumbling and turn to Jesus in our own heart, repeating with each heartbeat: "Jesus, I trust in you, Jesus, I trust in you." Is this not the spirit of loving trust given to the Missionaries of Charity Sisters, Brothers, and Fathers and to our Co-Workers, LMC’s and Volunteers? When Jesus called our Mother to start the work for the poorest of the poor, He said to her, "Trust Me lovingly, trust Me blindly, let Me act."
Let your heart repeat, "Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I entrust my family, friends, my work, all my problems and worries to you. "
Even as you rest, let the heart continue to pray, "Jesus, I trust in you."
Jesus will keep me safe in moments of temptation to pride, anger, envy, indifference. He restores calm, peace and strength as I repeat, "Jesus, I trust in you."
In the measure, I trust in Jesus and I entrust myself, everyone, and everything to Him, I will see Jesus working miracles in my life and around me.
Our sisters in Yemen remained with our poor after all the foreigners had left. In Aden the Easter Vigil Mass was very short. The priest consecrated many hosts so that the sisters may receive Jesus daily and adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament. Painfully they realized: without priest - no Sacrament of Reconciliation. Only Fr. George SDB remained there to reach out to our sisters in Sana'a, Taiz and Hodeidah, for which we are very grateful. Last week, Fr. Tom SDB, who volunteered to serve our sisters, arrived at Sana'a.
In the homes in Yemen, the shortage of electricity, water and fuel is the daily struggle of the sisters in their care for 60 patients in Aden, 98 patients in Sana’a, 58 patients in Taiz and 105 patients in Hodeidah.
Our sisters in Aden chose to stay with the mentally handicapped patients in their care when war broke out on 19 March 2015. After a few weeks, bread was no longer available in the shops. One morning, a man came to the sisters' house with sacks of flour. For two weeks, they baked bread outside in the compound even as bombs fell close by.
Then one evening, the superior announced to the sisters, “We have no more flour. Tomorrow morning, we will gather all the leftover flour, bake the last bread, and surrender ourselves to the Lord. He will feed our poor people and us, His little ones.”
Early the next morning, an elderly Muslim man brought to the sisters' gate 3 sacks of hot freshly baked bread, enough to feed the whole house, patients, workers and sisters, for two meals. He continued to come every morning at the same hour with the same amount of bread.
Awed by this Providence, the sisters asked him his name and what made him to risk his life in this situation to look for bread and to bring it to them. Jazir was getting up at 4 a.m. in search of bread. He answered, “Sisters, I need God to answer me. Since I started coming here, God walks with me.”
At another time, the sisters ran out of a particular kind of medicine. Without this medicine, one of the psychiatric patients was screaming uncontrollably. It was evening, and the sisters had no way of obtaining the medicine. They started to pray to Mother. At 6 p.m., a group of young doctors stopped at the house with the donation of a few boxes of medicines. The doctors were going away because their hospital had been closed due to the war. The first medicine the sisters saw was the very one that the patient needed to calm down.
Please join us in praying for our sisters and the poor in places such as Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The massive earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015 damaged some of our buildings. Our sisters and the poor in their care, however, were unharmed. Our sisters and brothers have been carrying on relief work, reaching out to the survivors in remote areas who have lost everything.
Our loving God is with us. We are never left alone. With that confidence, may we be carriers of God's love, peace, joy, and hope to all we meet each day, beginning in our families.
Let us allow Jesus to act in us by trusting Him lovingly and blindly.
We pray for you and your dear ones in gratitude for the gift you are in the M.C. family.
Please pray for us.
Mother Teresa Center
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